Navigation Links
High Blood Pressure in Kids Tracks Into Adulthood
Date:6/16/2008

Study also suggests strong association between chilhood overweight and higher readings

MONDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- People who have high blood pressure in childhood are also prone to hypertension as adults, say researchers who analyzed data from 50 studies conducted over four decades in different countries.

"Our meta-analysis reinforces the concept that blood pressure tracks from childhood to adulthood and that elevated blood pressure in childhood is likely to help predict adult hypertension," co-author Dr. Youfa Wang, associate professor of international health and epidemiology in the Center for Nutrition, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Health at Johns Hopkins University, said in a prepared statement.

"A main finding of our study is that there are large variations in the degree of blood pressure tracking between childhood and adulthood reported in previous studies, while our pooled analysis of the related results shows a moderate tracking," Wang said.

"Among several factors that we examined, the two most important factors that affect the degree of tracking are the children's age when they had their blood pressure measured and the length of the follow-up. The later it is measured and the shorter the follow-up, the stronger the tracking."

Wang and colleagues said boys and girls with high blood pressure are similarly likely to have high blood pressure as adults. The evidence also suggests a strong association between being overweight in childhood and high blood pressure.

"There is a stronger association between higher blood pressure in adolescents when they become adults compared to higher blood pressure in younger children," Wang said.

The study also found that systolic blood pressure measured in childhood is a better and stronger predictor of blood pressure in adulthood than diastolic pressure. Systolic and diastolic pressure are the top and bottom number, respectively, in a blood pressure measurement.

"Early detection and intervention is important to overcoming high blood pressure," Wang said. "Lifestyle modification is preferred rather than medication when appropriate to help young people to control their elevated blood pressure to a desirable level. A health diet and adequate exercise can also help reduce the risks of developing many other chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease."

The study was published in the journal Circulation.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about high blood pressure in children.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The American Heart Association, news release, June 16, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. ARKRAY USA Nationally Launches GLUCOCARD(TM) X-METER Blood Glucose Monitoring System
2. Spotting Vitamin-D Deficiency in the Absence of Symptoms: ZRT Laboratorys New, One-of-a-Kind Blood Spot Test Answers the Call for Early Detection of Rapidly Rising D-Deficiencies
3. AARP Michigan and American Red Cross Partner to Help Save Lives Through Blood Donation Drive
4. Cancer-killing viruses influence tumor blood-vessel growth
5. AABB and the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals Partner to Recognize Blood Donors Worldwide
6. Blood Cancer Drug Shows Promise Against Lupus
7. Having heart surgery? Watch your blood sugar, especially if youre overweight or older
8. Scientists ID Gene Regulating Blood Glucose Levels
9. Studies Differ on Benefits of Aggressive Blood Sugar Control
10. MultiVu Video Feed: Study in the New England Journal of Medicine Shows High Blood Pressure Drug Tekturna(R) Reduces Key Marker of Kidney Disease
11. Can SonicMood Help to Significantly Lower High Blood Pressure? The Latest Research Answers With a Resounding YES!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... "TransPanel Volume 2 is a package of fading panel ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , TransPanel Volume 2 is a set ... set of versatile transitions features presets with up to 4 panels with complementary line ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... The American Speech-Language-Hearing ... remain a critical part of public access to hearing aid technology. , ASHA ... this week that, starting immediately, it would no longer enforce the requirement ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... Miami, Fla. "I used this old family recipe, which is meant to relieve gout ... and it gave me a 12-hour energy boost every time. It relieved what VA ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet ... awareness for organ transplantation while encouraging readers to sign up as an organ donor ... lifesaving organ transplant. , An organ donor can save up to 8 saves ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) during the summer of 2016. The program was made ... by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... Mass. , Dec. 9, 2016 MSD, ... and supply chain solutions to alternate site health care ... with First Choice Medical Supply ("First Choice"), a privately ... servicing the skilled nursing and home health segments. We ... family. This compelling transaction will deliver ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... Dec 9, 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Business Report" report to their offering. ... The report also analyses the market by the following ... comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada , ... , Latin America , and Rest of World. ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... 9, 2016  Harmar Mobility, LLC announced today that Steven E. ... the Board of Directors. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161209/447552 ... ... Mr. Dawson,s executive career includes leadership ... a variety of industries. He brings to the company deep operational ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: