Condition or Therapy: Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Category: Nephrology

What is the goal of this study?

We want to learn more about how high blood pressure in teens affects their risk for injury to their heart and blood vessels later in life. We want to learn how diet and exercise influences blood pressure.

We will compare study results of teens with normal, mid-range and high blood pressure.

Who can join the study?

This study might be a good fit if your child:

  • Is a teen 13-17 years 
  • Has normal blood pressure
  • Has mid-range blood pressure
  • Has high blood pressure

What happens in the study?

If your teen chooses to take part, they will go through a series of tests to learn how blood pressure has affected their bodies. We would:

  • Collect basic information about you and your teen, including medical and family history
  • Collect blood and urine samples 
  • Perform a pregnancy test, if teen is female
  • Record blood pressure from their last clinic visit and include as part of our research records
  • Measure blood pressure while the teen is seated
  • Take a picture of the teen’s heart using ultrasound (called an echocardiogram)
  • Test blood vessels by placing a pressure sensor the size and shape of a pencil (without using needles or radiation) on pulse points on the leg and neck. 
  • Ask the teen to fill out questionnaires about cognitive function, sleep habits, physical activity and diet

We would also ask a parent to fill out study questionnaires.

At the end of the study visit, study staff will place a special blood pressure monitor that your teen would wear for 24 hours. You would return the monitor when the study is finished.

Who can I contact for information or to enroll?

Email the research coordinator.


Study Location(s): Seattle Children's Hospital main campus
Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph Flynn