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Is your child at risk for high blood pressure?

ABC News - High blood pressure....Most of us have heard about it in adults...But could your teen be at risk? 

Using the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC has now gone back to look at 15 years of data for children between the ages of 12 and 19 and found that almost 800,000 of them now meet criteria for a diagnosis of hypertension.

About half of those teens were also obese, and two thirds of them were boys.

The new guidelines had lower blood pressure thresholds -- that's to try and get help to more teens at risk. 

And the risk is big --if they carry their high blood pressure into adulthood, their risk of fatal heart attacks 
And strokes will grow along with them. 

Doctors hope making the diagnosis early will be enough of a shock to help them team up with parents to get teens' blood pressures back to normal, before it's too late. 


 


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