SAN FRANCISCO – The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released new hypertension guidelines for children and adolescents.
Some of the advice is similar to the group’s last effort in 2004, but there are a few key changes that clinicians need to know, according to lead author Joseph Flynn, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of nephrology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He explained what they are, and the reasons behind them, in an interview at the joint hypertension scientific sessions sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Society of Hypertension (Pediatrics. 2017 Aug 21. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1904).
The prevalence of pediatric hypertension, he said, now rivals asthma.