Screening blood pressure measurement in children: Are we saving lives?

Tammy M. Brady, Karen M. Redwine, Joseph T. Flynn

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Abstract

Blood Pressure screening in children and adolescents is currently recommended by several prominent medical organizations, including the American Heart Association, the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the European Society of Hypertension, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This practice was recently subject to intense scientific review by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The conclusion of the Task Force was that "current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary hypertension in asymptomatic children and adolescents." This commentary provides an alternate interpretation of current evidence for blood pressure screening in children and adolescents and highlights its importance as a part of routine medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-950
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Nephrology
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Blood Pressure
  • Children
  • Hypertension
  • Screening
  • US Preventive Services Task Force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Nephrology

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