Blood Pressure Screening
- Measure blood pressure (BP) every visit starting at age 3 years, and earlier if there is increased risk of hypertension related to underlying medical conditions*
- Screening can begin with oscillometric BP, but diagnosis and treatment decisions should be made based on auscultated BP in the right arm.
- Cuff size and positioning are very important.
- Approach for evaluation and treatment is no different from 4th Report, including DASH diet. No clear evidence exists to guide specific choice of pharmacologic agent.
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* As was previously recommended by The Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents; Pediatrics 2004; 114;555-576 National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.