Reports from the pediatric ward indicate that hypertension in children and adolescents is not observed during medical check-ups, an inattention that could cause devastating effects on maturity, reports the Chicago Tribune Web Edition.
The study shows that only 26% of children with hypertension are diagnosed. The researchers draw attention to the fact that hypertension is a consequence of overweight that is affecting more and more young people.
Hypertension does not endanger the lives of children, but when they reach maturity this condition can cause heart attacks, kidney failure and other serious illnesses.
The mistake of doctors when taking the stress of children is that they do not take into account their age, sex and height. Normal tension changes according to these parameters, and if one value is normal for one child it is abnormal for another.
Children who are usually diagnosed are taller and older as their blood pressure has about the same value as that of adults.
It seems that hypertension in children is caused by low birth weight, parents or other members of the overweight family or with a history of hypertension.
Specialists are not too confident that a solution will be found, but they advise parents to learn what values their children need to fit in to figure out if their doctors have diagnosed them correctly.
August 22, 2007