Over the past two decades the attitudes of pediatric health care providers towards childhood hypertension, as a predictor of future development of hypertension in adults have undergone considerable conceptual change. Childhood hypertension has unique features that differentiate it from hypertension in adults. It is widely accepted that pediatric hypertension carries an increased risk for future cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. There is also a prevalent belief that therapeutic intervention at an early age may favorably modify the long-term outcome of hypertension. Despite its importance, childhood hypertension is understudied and several basic questions remain controversial. This article addresses several issues pertinent to the treatment of hypertension during childhood and discusses some of the newer pharmacological agents used in children.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal Medical Libanais|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2010|
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