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New guidelines could mean more high blood pressure among children

New guidelines could mean more high blood pressure among children

High blood pressure among teenagers and children could be on the rise.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines on Monday for identifying and treating high blood pressure in children. This is the first time in over a decade that changes have been made.

The new guidelines include blood pressure tables that are based on normal weight of children.

Before these changes were made, these tables included pressure measurements in children who were only categorized as overweight or obese.

"Essentially this is an issue with recognition. Before, we were missing a lot of kids that had hypertension and so a lot of it is getting their kids in for their visits and recognizing that this is an issue in kids who are not obese," said Dr. Moeller from Good Samaritan Hospital.

Dr. Moeller said parents should not be worried with these new guidelines and instead recommends parents keep up to date with their children's checkup.

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