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Pediatric Hypertension

Key Points About High Blood Pressure in Children

  • High blood pressure means that the pressure inside the arteries is too high. This may harm the arteries and cause the heart to work harder.
  • High blood pressure often has no known cause. Some health conditions and medicines may cause high blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure changes. Your child's provider will check it over a period of days or weeks before making a diagnosis of high blood pressure.
  • Lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise and healthy eating can help to lower high blood pressure.


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Hypertension Detection and Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The Hypertension Detection and Treatment Program at Children's National Hospital offers specialized care for children with high blood pressure. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Hypertension

    Departments that Treat Hypertension

    Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program

    Learn about bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for children and teens at our teen-centered Bariatric Surgery Program.

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    Children's National Heart Center

    Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.

    Preventive Cardiology Program

    We work with children and teenagers who may be at risk for heart disease. We help them take steps to lower their risk factors and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Preventive Cardiology.