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.
Pediatric hypertension may be less prevalent than thought
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