Hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure and related charges dramatically increased during 10 years ending in 2006, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
This nationally-based study is the first in which researchers examined hypertension hospitalizations in children.
During 10 years ending in 2006, hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure increased dramatically.
Related hospital charges to treat them also soared.
Researchers suggest healthcare providers address healthy lifestyle habits during children’s well visits to reduce risk of hypertension.
Researchers hypothesize that the increasing hospitalizations may in part be due to the rise in childhood obesity.
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