Elevated Blood Pressure may be First Sign of Hypertension in Adolescents

posted 5 Apr 2012, 02:53 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
A study by Redwine et al published in Journal of Pediatrics (J Pediatr 2012;160:98-103) of 1006 Texan teeangers undergoing school based blood pressure screening from 2000-2007 revealed an incidence rate of IR 0.5%/year with higher in ‘‘at-risk’’ students who showed elevated blood pressure readings. The study suggests we should heed elevated blood pressure values in young people as the incidence of hypertension in young people has risen from <1% a decade ago to between 3-5%The authors conclude that elevated BP increases the risk for the development of HTN during adolescence and that effective strategies for preventing HTN in at-risk adolescents are needed.