Hypertension Detection And Treatment Program
High blood pressure in children is an increasing public health concern. Left untreated, children are at a
higher risk for serious complications affecting the heart, kidneys, and overall health. Children with high
blood pressure are more likely to have hypertension as adults.
Children with elevated blood pressure may have an underlying disorder, such as kidney disease or heart
condition, such as coarctation of aorta (narrowing of the aorta), which are commonly associated as a
complication of obesity.
The Importance of Pediatric Specialists
Because the cause of hypertension in young patients is often different from adults, it is important that your
child sees a pediatric specialist with the expertise and experience to diagnose and treat the condition in
The Hypertension Detection and Treatment program is a specialized program coordinated through
Children’s Division of Nephrology. The program team works closely with Children’s Nuclear Medicine
Program and the Division of Cardiology to perform a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to understand
the cause of your child’s elevated blood pressure.
We do everything possible to make your child comfortable, but recognize that a visit to the doctor can still
bring about some anxiety for patients. As part of the diagnostic evaluation, we offer ambulatory blood
pressure monitoring (ABPM) for patients suspected to have “white coat hypertension” — when a visit to the
doctor’s causes an elevation in blood pressure.
Treatment and Continued Care
The staff of the Hypertension Detection and Treatment program works closely with the children and
families to educate them about lifestyle changes that can help control blood pressure. Children meet with a
dietician during every visit to discuss food choices and dietary changes that can help improve health.
Treatment for some forms of hypertension in children may require an interventional procedure, such as
selective catheterization or angioplasty of the blood vessels of the kidney. If you child needs an
interventional procedure, the program arranges for the procedure and follow-up care with our specialists.
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