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Most people think of hypertension (high blood pressure) as something that affects adults, but in the United States, it’s becoming more and more common among children. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 5 percent of children and adolescents now have hypertension.
While children with hypertension don’t carry the same immediate risks of heart attacks and strokes that adults with hypertension face, high blood pressure can still cause changes in your child’s body, putting her at significant risk for complications later in life. That’s why it should be taken very seriously.
In the Hypertension Program at Boston Children's, we:
Our experts evaluate and care for children with hypertension in our Boston and Peabody locations.
Reviewed by Michael Ferguson, MD
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