AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday released new guidelines in order to make it easier and more straightforward for healthcare providers to identify and manage high blood pressure (BP) in children.

The new guidelines, which aim to shed new light on defining normal and high BP in children and teens, mark the first update on the subject in more than a dozen years.

The recommendations explain the link between hypertension or abnormally high BP in children and high BP in adulthood. In addition, the recommendations explain the prevalence of high BP often in conjunction with two other chronic illnesses, among obese kids.

Carissa Baker-Smith, an assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Maryland School of Medicine, who helped craft the new guidelines, expressed hope that they would lead to high BP being identified earlier in kids.

Speaking on the topic, Baker-Smith said, “It is not to be taken lightly that a child has high blood pressure. We know they have a greater likelihood of having high blood pressure as an adult and that’s a risk factor for heart disease.”

The new clinical practice guidelines are now available online and will also be published in the September 2017 edition of the journal Pediatrics.

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