High Blood Pressure in Children!

About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure or hypertension. But did you know that kids can get hypertension, too? By some estimates, up to three percent of US children have high blood pressure.

A new study by National Institutes of Health-funded scientists shows that the number of kids hospitalized with hypertension is on the rise. On average, children with hypertension also remained in the hospital twice as long as kids with other illnesses—eight days compared to four days. Hypertension often has no symptoms, but a healthcare provider can easily diagnose it. The sooner it’s found, the sooner it can be treated. A healthy diet, physical activity, and weight loss can help to keep blood pressure in check.