After several months of inactivity due to reasons beyond my control I am back again trying to do my hardest in the fight against arterial hypertension (HTN).
During this time I got the fortune of being designated as a Fellow of the American Colleague of Cardiology which fills me with pride and creates at the same time a new commitment in my medical practice (see video) striving to keep cardiovascular disease away and if this is true for adults, when is comes to adolescence or childhood is imperative.
Taking into account the above mentioned, I would like to make a point regarding the latest Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents just published at the end of last year 2017. Just three things I want to stress:
The authors of the Guideline continue to emphasize the importance of life style modifications in children and adolescents, which is something that at times is unfulfilled with many factors on the table taking turns. This will be a subject will go into later on a new post.
The matter of the early cardiac impairment related with hypertension from childhood is another important issue to look at.
Last but not least, a smart prevention by using a proper prediction since early in life is key.
These topics will be covered further in-depth.
I also want to add that the first HAMAD Corporation-approved investigation from the Cuban Hospital just kicked off this month and will enroll adolescent from all over Qatar (national reach) in order to go deeper over the matter.
Please keep awaiting more posts with new updates and details.
Dr. Guillermo Perez Fdez (MD, Ph.D, FACC)
(Lead Investigator of the investigation related with HTN and adolescence approved by HAMAD Corporation)
1- New Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents. Flynn JT, Falkner BE. New Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents. Hypertension. 2017 Oct;70(4):683-686.