Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a potentially but often unrecognized life-threatening condition that requires immediate attention. AD is an acute syndrome characterized by paroxysmal hypertensive episodes combined with pounding headache, slowed heart rate, and upper body flushing [1-3].
This secondary health condition holds major implications for an aging spinal cord injured (SCI) population who face the same risk factors as the general population for developing cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease, but with additional risk due to the rapid and large increases in blood pressure in episodes of AD .
AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA RESOURCES
Spinal Cord Essentials – is a patient education initiative which aims help people through rehabilitation following SCI. Below is the downloable PDF on the autonomic dysreflexia handout.
4. Groah SL, Weitzenkamp D, Sett P, Soni B, Savic G. The relationship between neurological level of injury and symptomatic cardiovascular disease risk in the aging spinal injured. Spinal Cord 2001;39:310-7.
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