Main Category: HypertensionAlso Included In: Pediatrics / Children’s Health; Liver Disease / HepatitisArticle Date: 19 Jun 2012 – 4:00 PDT
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Hospitalizations for kids with high blood pressure and related charges dramatically increased during 10 years ending in 2006, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
This nationally-based study is the first in which researchers analyzed hypertension hospitalizations in children.
While researchers expected a rise in hospitalizations due to the increased frequency of high blood pressure in children, “the economic burden created by in-patient childhood high blood pressure was surprising,” stated Cheryl Tran, M.D., study lead author and pediatric nephrology fellow in the Department of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Researchers obtained discharge records from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids’ Inpatient Database from 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Children hospitalized with hypertension were more likely to be older than 9 years, male, African-American and treated in a teaching hospital.
Overall, the most common diagnoses for hospitalized kids were pneumonia, acute appendicitis and asthma. When hypertension was the primary diagnosis, convulsive disorder, headache, obesity and systemic lupus erythematosus were the most common secondary diagnoses.
When high blood pressure was in any diagnoses, the most common primary diagnoses were lupus, complications of kidney transplant, pneumonia and acute proliferative glomerulonephritis, a condition in the kidney that causes inflammation that can result in hypertension.
Physicians should address healthy lifestyle habits during children’s well visits to reduce hypertension, Tran said.
“A child with high blood pressure is at increased risk for having high blood pressure in adulthood and the heart and stroke risks that come with that diagnosis,” she said. Hypertension is present in 1 percent to 3 percent of kids in the United States. Among kids ages 2 to 19 years, 31.7 percent are overweight (23.6 million) and 16.9 percent are obese (12.6 million), according to American Heart Association statistics.
Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release. Click ‘references’ tab above for source. Visit our hypertension section for the latest news on this subject. Co-authors are Brett J. Ehrmann, B.A.; Kassandra L. Messer, B.A.; Emily Herreshoff, B.A.; Amber Kroeker, M.P.H.; Larysa Wickman, M.D.; Peter Song, Ph.D.; Nicole Kasper, M.P.H. and Debbie S. Gipson, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.A research training allow in pediatric nephrology funded the study. Learn more about high blood pressure in children. Learn more about preventing and managing childhood obesity and reducing sodium in the diets of American children.American Heart Association Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:
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