More evidence is needed to support BP screening in children

01/7/2013 | Reuters

Studies have linked elevated blood pressure to cardiovascular problems in adults, but less is known about the long-term effects of high blood pressure in children and few studies have examined the pros and cons of screening children for high blood pressure, a review showed. Research must address whether blood pressure tests in children are reliable, whether treatment is safe and effective and whether screening lowers heart and mortality risks, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics.

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