NIH issues new blood pressure guide for children and adolescents
In a new report from the National Institutes of Health, the National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Children and Adolescents examines research showing that children and adolescents with hypertension are at risk of the same health problems as hypertensive adults. The guide discusses these risks and outlines clinical measures to reduce risks and optimize health outcomes. The working group used data from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to update evidence about blood pressure in children and provide guidelines for diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hypertension. Recommendations include checking blood pressure in children three years and older at each office visit, using auscultation as the preferred method of measurement, and confirming elevated readings with repeated measurements before making a diagnosis. More information about the report and related materials are available online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/current.shtml#suppls2.
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