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High Blood Pressure in Children

blood-pressurePediatricians warn that adult conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes are becoming more common in children due to increase in child obesity.

“Experts say that neither parents nor their children’s doctors are sufficiently aware of this health problem and its potentially serious consequences, including lasting organ damage. Too often, these experts say, abnormally high blood pressure in children goes undetected or is noted but not taken seriously.”

“National guidelines state that blood pressure should be measured every year in children, starting at age 3. In general, blood pressures in children should be lower than in adults. In adolescents, for example, a blood pressure of 120 over 80 millimeters of mercury is considered to be pre-hypertension, a condition that sets the stage for full-blown hypertension.”

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