Hypertension and Adolescents

Hypertension and adolescents is surprisingly common, although many people do not realize it. This one is particularly dangerous as well because it can cause much more serious problems.

The main danger from hypertension is the extra load that is put on the heart. Long term hypertension contributes to significant cardiovascular and renal morbidity, even mortality.  

As a result this can lead to complications such as hypertensive heart disease, which is when the heart that has to work harder in order to cope with high blood pressure.

When it comes to the matter of dealing this condition in teens, there are a few steps that you are going to want to take in order to lower and manage the blood pressure.

1- The first and most important step is to make a change in the lifestyle.

2- Focus on the diet, making sure to avoid fatty and sugary foods and instead include healthy, nutritious foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

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3- Exercise is also important as it is needed to maintain a healthy weight in order to properly manage the high blood pressure.
4- If a teen you know has unhealthy habits such as smoking you should deal with these as well, especially with smoking, which injures blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of the hardening of the arteries.

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It is important that anyone dealing with this discusses the matter with a medical professional. This is particularly important because adolescents’ bodies are less able to deal with the effects of the condition. 

Therefore are more prone to the serious health problems that may develop as a result of the condition.

By talking to your doctor and having them keep a watchful eye on the condition, your teen will be able to receive a proper assessment and be able to determine which specific treatment is going to work best in the situation. 

Although prescription medication is often recommended to treat high blood pressure, in the case of adolescents less serious measures are typically suggested.


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