Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health and Elizabeth Ko, M.D., an internist and primary care physician at UCLA Health. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org., shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that blood pressure is a diagnostic tool that’s as important in children as it is in adults. However, because blood pressure readings in children are evaluated by a different set of metrics than those of adults, the subject has often been confusing.
By now, the significance of high blood pressure, or hypertension, is well-known to most of us. It’s not a condition that you can readily feel, but when left untreated it can cause significant damage to your body. By the time symptoms appear, you can be dealing with a host of problems, including damage to your heart, kidneys, eyes, bones and cognitive function.
High blood pressure in children can be a predictor of the condition later in life. It can cause certain types of damage to the structures and blood vessels of a child’s heart. And it can be a symptom of other serious underlying conditions, including heart or kidney problems.
Between 2.2 to 3.5 percent of children have high blood pressure, according to the new guidelines. The number jumps up to 24 percent among children who are obese or overweight. Children who were born prematurely and those with sleep-disordered breathing are also at risk of high blood pressure. Read more