Facts about children and blood pressure

  • Hypertension is the most common cause of stroke, coronary heart disease, artherosclerosis, and kidney disease in adults. The effects of hypertension can begin during childhood.
  • It is possible to have high blood pressure for years without knowing. For this reason, high blood pressure is often called the silent killer.
  • Children who have high blood pressure tend to be hypertensive as adults.
  • Children with high blood pressure also often have other medical problems such as obesity, high blood lipids, and / or diabetes.
  • Children with high blood pressure are more likely to have a definable cause for high blood pressure (such as kidney disease) than adults.

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