A national study shows that elevated blood pressure is increasing in children and adolescents. The risk of elevated blood pressure among children and adolescents, age 8 to 17, rose 27 percent during a thirteen-year period, according to new research by the American Heart Association.
Dr. Ramzi Souki, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, explains the study.
Dr. Souki says blood pressure in children is measured differently than in adults. Children whose blood pressure is higher than 95 percent of children of the same sex with the same height are considered to have high blood pressure.