Kids' high BP goes untreated22nd August 2007
A new study has suggested that up to 1.5 million American youngsters have undiagnosed high blood pressure.
Researchers say that as a result they are at risk of developing organ damage as they get older.
They recognise that calculating high blood pressure in children is not as simple as in adults and fear that many doctors do not evaluate the numbers because they assume hypertension is an adult problem.
But Dr David Kaelber of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Harvard Medical School, who led the study, warns that the research has highlighted that children are also affected.
Figures suggest that two million US youngsters have been estimated to have high blood pressure but the study suggests that 75% of them have it but do not know it. The main problem is caused by rising rates of obesity in children.
For the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analysed medical records for 14,187 healthy children in Ohio aged 3 to 18 who had at least three doctor checkups between June 1999 and last September and measured blood pressure, height and weight at each visit.
Researchers calculated that 507 study children had high blood pressure, or 3.6%, which is within estimates for the nationwide prevalence of high blood pressure in children. But only 131 of them, or 26%, had a documented high blood pressure diagnosis.
Extrapolating the results to the US population suggests that 1.5 million children have undiagnosed high blood pressure, Dr Kaelber said.
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Tuesday 28th August 2007 @ 15:46
If children were to eat healthily, and take regular exercise (for example, riding their bikes to and from school, playing footie at dinnertime) the growing rate of obesity and high blood pressure in children would not be becoming such a huge problem.
Come on people, take control and lets sort these obese problems out...!
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Title: Kids' high BP goes untreated
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 3840
Date Added: 22nd Aug 2007