Simple Formulas for Screening Abnormal Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents

Authors

  • Hamidreza Badeli Division of Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
  • Seyed Aidin Sajedi Division of Neurology, Ahvaz Jondishapour University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
  • Maryam Shakiba Department of Epidemiology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran

Abstract

Childhood hypertension has been extensively focused on in the past decades because of its increasing incidence, which is related to physicians’ awareness and the increasing number of obese children. Age, gender, and body size are the main determinants of blood pressure in children. The revised childhood blood pressure tables of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program are a prerequisite for classification of childhood hypertension. Although these tables provide a reasonable basis, they are intricate and height percentile is needed for final diagnosis. Many attempts have been done to decrease such complexity. We present new formulas that are concise and memorable, and will help physicians to screen prehypertensive and hypertensive pediatric patients.

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Published

2010-06-16

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BRIEF COMMUNICATION | Kidney diseases