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High Blood Pressure In At Least 2 Million American Children and Teens | NBC Nightly News

September 8, 2019


HERE’S NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES.>>Reporter: AS A JUNIOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER, 16-YEAR-OLD CHEYENNE CAMERON HAS LEARNED TO HANDLE PRESSURE INCLUDING HER OWN HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.>>I OFTEN FELT LIKE MY HEART IS RACING. OH, HIGH PRESSURE IS FOR LIKE WHEN YOU’RE OLD.>>Reporter: THAT COMMON MISCONCEPTION ALL THE MORE REASON TODAY’S NEW SCREENING GUIDELINES ARE SO IMPORTANT.>>THE INCREASE IN THE PREVALENCE OF HYPERTENSION IN KIDS I THINK IS REALLY DRIVEN BY THE RISING PREVALENCE OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY.>>Reporter: THE NEW GUIDELINES RECOMMEND PEDIATRICIANS CHECK BLOOD PRESSURE EVERY YEAR STARTING AT AGE 3. YOUNGER IF A CHILD WAS PORN PREMATURE WHICH INCREASES THE RISK OF HYPERTENSION. ASK PARENTS ABOUT THE FAMILY HISTORY. SUGGEST BETTER DIET AND EXERCISE FIRST. IF THAT FAILS, MEDICATION MAY BE NECESSARY. WHILE BEING OVERWEIGHT IS JUST ONE SIGN A CHILD MAY HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DOCTORS STRESS MANY BODY TYPES CAN DEVELOP THE CONDITION AND WITHOUT WARNING.>>HYPERTENSION IS OFTEN CALLED THE SILENT KILLER. AND MOST CHILDREN WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DON’T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS AT ALL.>>Reporter: SINCE HER DIAGNOSIS AND WITH REGULAR MONITORING CHEYENNE LOST 60 POUNDS, IS OFF ALL BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION AND MAKING THE MOST OF SUMMER ON HER FAMILY’S FARM.>>SHE HAS LIFE GOALS

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