New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children
In August, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a report updating its guidelines for screening and managing high blood pressure in youngsters. The report includes a much-simplified chart to help practicing physicians readily determine whether a child’s blood pressure is within normal parameters. Because high blood pressure often runs in families, detecting it in a child may prompt a check of the parents and other family members and end up saving their health and lives, said Dr. Joseph Flynn, chief of pediatric nephrology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and lead author of the new guidelines.
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