Hypertension is a condition when the blood pressure is abnormally too high. It is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and eye problems.
To assess the proper blood pressure limit in children we take into account age, sex, and height. The measured blood pressure is compared to blood pressure data from a healthy control group. For hypertension screening it is recommended to measure blood pressure at least 3 times at separate occasions. If the blood pressure in the office is too high, a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is recommended to confirm the diagnosis of hypertension.
The following guide is addressed to parents to provide guidance on blood pressure in children and adolescents.
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