If left untreated, high blood pressure, or hypertension, in children and adolescents can damage the heart and kidneys. Early diagnosis and intervention is an important step to helping children with high blood pressure lead healthy lives. Our team will determine if the blood pressure is higher than normal, seek to find underlying causes, and prescribe lifestyle changes and medications in those most likely to benefit from these interventions.
Our team includes the patient and their family as well as physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, a dietician, and physical therapist. Initial evaluation includes a detailed review of the child’s medical history and previous evaluation by their primary physician, physical examination and urinalysis. Additional testing may include laboratory studies of blood and urine, radiology studies, echocardiogram and electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. These studies will help to determine the cause of high blood pressure, whether treatment is needed, and if current treatment is effective.
Team members and patients may participate in clinical research studies to determine the cause of hypertension and best treatment options.
The program is co-directed by Tracy Hunley, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics in Nephrology.
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