Hypertension Introduction

Hypertension in children is reflected by the consistent readings of the systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure at the level of or above the 95th percentile for age and sex. It may be primary or secondary. Fifty to 80% of secondary hypertension is caused by renal parenchymal disease; therefore, infants and children with hypertension and adolescents with severe hypertension need to be evaluated for renal pathology. Hypertension in children is of particular concern because of its close association with adult hypertension. Children with increased blood pressure usually do not display any overt symptoms. Blood pressure determinations are a part of routine examination in children 3 years and older. Children under 3 who have been diagnosed with a heart condition are also screened for hypertension.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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