Kids Often Get Incorrect Blood Pressure Screening Results
One in four children and teens who get their blood pressure screened at routine checkups may appear to have hypertension, but that result often doesn’t hold up in repeat tests, a U.S. study suggests. Doctors should check blood pressure at each annual physical, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “I think the most important message for parents is that they should be asking about their child’s blood pressure just like they ask about their child’s height and weight,” said Dr. Joseph Flynn, a researcher at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital who was lead author of the AAP blood pressure guidelines.
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