Health: Pediatric Pressure

Hypertension is up among children and teens. What you can do about it

How do you treat a child with high blood pressure? The issue came up last week when a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed, for the first time, that blood-pressure rates among children and teens across the U.S. have inched up over the past 15 years--a consequence of their growing girth. "The increase was seen in boys and girls, among whites, African Americans and Mexican Americans," says Paul Muntner, an epidemiologist at Tulane University in New Orleans and the study's lead author. "As these children become adults, they're more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart...

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