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Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 Jun;29(6):947-50. doi: 10.1007/s00467-013-2715-1. Epub 2013 Dec 11.

Screening blood pressure measurement in children: are we saving lives?

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Division of Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Blood Pressure screening in children and adolescents is currently recommended by several prominent medical organizations, including the American Heart Association, the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the European Society of Hypertension, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This practice was recently subject to intense scientific review by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The conclusion of the Task Force was that "current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary hypertension in asymptomatic children and adolescents." This commentary provides an alternate interpretation of current evidence for blood pressure screening in children and adolescents and highlights its importance as a part of routine medical care.

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