Lowering blood pressure in kids reduces adult hypertension

A study of more than 800 children who had blood pressure measured at nine, 12 and 15 years of age revealed that those with elevated BP were 35% more likely to develop prehypertension and hypertension as adults when they were followed up 20 years later.

It also showed that certain modifiable factors were associated with reversing the BP trajectory from childhood to adulthood — signalling ample opportunity for early prevention, researchers told the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions last week.

Rebecca Kelly, a PhD candidate at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Hobart, said