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Screening for Hypertension in Children and Adolescents October 2013 Task Force FINAL Recommendation | 1 Understanding Task Force Recommendations Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has issued a final recommendation statement on Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents. This final recommendation statement applies to children and adolescents (teens) from birth to age 18 who do not have signs or symptoms of high blood pressure or of an underlying health problem that could cause high blood pressure. The Task Force reviewed recent research studies on screening for high blood pressure in children and teens. The final recommendation statement summarizes what the Task Force learned about the potential benefits and harms of this screening: There is not enough evidence at this time to recommend for or against screening for high blood pressure in children or teens. This fact sheet explains the recommendation and what it might mean for you. What is hypertension? Hypertension is the medical word for high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood around the body. If this pressure rises and stays high for a long time, it can damage the body in many ways. When hypertension has no known cause, it is called primary hypertension. When an underlying condition, such as kidney disease, causes the hypertension, it is called secondary hypertension. Facts About High Blood Pressure High blood pressure is a serious condition that, in adults, can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney and heart failure, and early death. It is a common condition among adults in the United States and it is becoming more common among children and teens. Children and teens who have high blood pressure are more likely to have high blood pressure as adults. However, at this time, we don’t have good ways of

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