Increasing Rates of Hypertension Among Children, Adolescents

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Published July 17, 2013, on Medical News Today

The risk of elevated blood pressure among children and adolescents rose 27 percent during a thirteen-year period, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Higher body mass, larger waistlines and eating excess sodium may be the reasons for the elevated blood pressure readings, researchers said.

High blood pressure is a risk factor forstroke, heart disease and kidney failure – accounting for about 350,000 preventable deaths a year in the United States. Read the full story.