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How can Williams syndrome affect the heart and blood vessels?

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Many kids with this genetic disorder have problems with their heart and blood vessels.

Narrowed arteries don't let as much oxygen-rich blood reach the heart and body. High blood pressure and lower blood flow can damage the heart.

  • The aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body, may be narrowed.
  • The pulmonary arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs also may be narrowed.
  • High blood pressure is common.

From: What is Williams Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Williams Syndrome."

GeneReviews: "Williams Syndrome."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Williams Syndrome."

Williams Syndrome Association: "Frequently Asked Questions About Williams Syndrome and the WSA," "What Is Williams Syndrome?"

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Williams syndrome."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Williams Syndrome."

GeneReviews: "Williams Syndrome."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Williams Syndrome."

Williams Syndrome Association: "Frequently Asked Questions About Williams Syndrome and the WSA," "What Is Williams Syndrome?"

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Williams syndrome."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 9, 2018

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