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Number of American children hospitalized for high blood pressure skyrockets

By Scott Howe

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More and more kids are showing up at hospitals with high blood pressure, according to a new study. Kids with high blood pressure are more prone to develop other risk factors and actual heart disease and stroke. If trends continue, this generation may not live as long as their parents.

Research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension shows that hospital visits for children with high blood pressure doubled between 1996 and 2006. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor researchers looked at hypertension-related health care statistics for U.S. children up to ages 18 or 20 years old over that 10-year period. They found that more than 24,000 kids headed in for treatment during the last year of the study, compared to some 12,000 the first year.

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