Experts to consider new guidelines for children with high blood pressure.
Parents and doctors say that kids with hypertension and other blood pressure problems are more likely to be the ones who suffer more serious health problems.
That’s the topic of a new report released Tuesday by a panel of experts from across the country.
The experts were invited to participate in a panel discussion titled Blood Pressure: The Experts Speak, which will be moderated by pediatricians and other medical professionals.
This year’s event was held at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.
For this event, experts from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss guidelines to prevent and treat high blood pressures among children and adults with hypertension.
These experts will discuss new recommendations to prevent high blood volume, which is when a blood pressure falls too high, as well as to reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart, the experts said.
Experts also will discuss the most common blood pressure complications and recommend strategies for managing these complications, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
A new report on hypertension and blood pressure from the CDC and NHLBI also will be released Tuesday.
It will include a more comprehensive review of the state of the research on the topic and recommendations for improving the health of people with hypertension, the report said.
The new report comes after a recent CDC study showed that people with a family history of high blood or blood pressure are more at risk for developing heart disease, strokes and death than people without such a history.
Hence, the recommendations for children and youth with hypertension must be addressed in a holistic way, said Dr. Peter J. Piotrowski, an expert in the management of hypertension.
“We need to look at what is the underlying cause of hypertension,” he said.
“Is it genetic, is it lifestyle, is there environmental factors that affect blood pressure?”
“The bottom line is that kids should be watched for blood pressure,” said Dr of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Dr. Joseph F. Bock, a pediatric cardiologist who led the panel.
“The good news is that blood pressure in kids is going down, and we don’t know why, so kids with high pressure are not at risk of developing heart problems,” he added.
“There is no known cause for high blood hypertension.
We need to understand why kids are at risk, and how we can help prevent this condition,” Piotrieski added.
High blood pressure is a condition that affects more than a million Americans and can cause severe health problems in adults.
The condition is caused by high blood levels of cholesterol and other substances, including low blood levels and increased pressure in the heart.
If the heart becomes enlarged, blood vessels can become clogged, leading to a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries.
Low blood pressure can also occur when people have blood clots in the lungs or other organs.
In some cases, the condition can lead to severe heart failure.
People with hypertension also tend to have more risk factors for heart disease.
Obesity is the leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke among people with high or normal blood pressure levels, the National Institutes of Health reported in a recent study.