Pediatric hypertension may be less prevalent than thought

01/28/2013 | PhysiciansBriefing.com

U.S. researchers looked at 199,513 children ages 3 to 7 and found that most of them had normal blood pressure levels, while 12.7% had prehypertension and 5.4% had BP levels within the hypertension range. They noted that blacks and Asians had a higher prevalence of hypertension than other groups. Both increasing age and body mass index were substantially linked to prehypertension and hypertension, according to the study in Pediatrics.

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