Doctors discover hypertension in teens

Doctors discover hypertension in teens

October 31, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


CAMRY AND STOLE THE HOMEOWNER’S CAR. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS USUALLY CONSIDERED TO BE A HEALTH CONCERN FOR OLDER PEOPLE. DOCTORS ARE FINDING OUT YOUNGER PEOPLE, EVEN TEENS, ARE DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM NOW. HALEY HERNANDEZ SPOKE WITH DOCTORS ABOUT THE DISTURBING TREND. Reporter: IT IS SURPRISING ISSUES RIGHT? BUT FAST FOOD, HIGH SODIUM DIETS, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SAY THERE IS A RISING TREND OF CHILDREN AND TEENS BEING DIAGNOSED WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. WHERE IS THE FOOTBALL? Reporter: AARON’S NEPHEW OF ONE OF OUR PHOTO JOURNALIST IS YOUNG AND ATHLETIC. THEY WANT ME TO BE ACTIVE ACTUALLY. Reporter: BUT HE’S BATTLING WHAT’S TYPICALLY AN ADULT ILLNESS. MY BLOOD PRESSURE WAS REALLY HIGH. STROKE LEVEL HIGH. Reporter: LAST WEEK, AARON WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. JESSICA FROM TEXAS CHILDREN’S SAYS IT’S A GROWING PROBLEM AMONG YOUNG KIDS. 2 TO 5% OF THE PEDIATRIC POPULATION HAS HYPERTENSION. WE KNOW A IT CAN CAUSE WHAT WE CALL ORGAN DAMAGE OR EFFECTS ON THE HEART ASK KIDNEYS. Reporter: POOR DIET IS TO BLAME FOR ONE RECENT SPIKE. ALTHOUGH THAT CAN SOMETIMES BE CONTROLLED. THEY CAN’T CHANGE THE GENETICS. BUT SOMETIMES IF PEOPLE CAN MAKE CHANGES IN THEIR DIET, EXERCISE, DECREASING SODIUM INTAKE, GENERALLY A HEALTHY DIET, SOMETIMES THEY CAN COME OFF OF THE MEDICATIONS. Reporter: A SECONDARY CAUSE, ONE PEDIATRICIANS ARE BECOMING MORE ATTUNED TO. HYPERTENSION PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENETIC WHICH IS IS POSSIBLY WHAT’S CAUSING AARON’S RECENT SPIKE. HE’S BACK TO NORMAL LIFE NOW WITH MEDICATION. BUT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH INFO TO KNOW IF THIS WILL BE A CHRONIC CONDITION OR IF HIS CAN EVENTUALLY BE REVERSED. CAMPBELL SAYS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZE THE VAGUE SIGNS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEADACHES, FATIGUE, AND IT’S OFTEN DISMISSED IN PEDIATRICIANS BECAUSE KIDS ARE TYPICALLY NERVOUS THERE. SHE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT A PROFESSIONAL IS CHECKING ALL KIDS OLDER THAN THREE WITH THE RIGHT SIZE CUFF AND IF BLOOD PRESSURE IS ELEVATED DURING THREE DIFFERENT APPOINTMENTS, YOU SHOULD SEEK A HYPERTENSION SPECIALIST. WOW. FASCINATING. IT’S SURPRISING TO LEARN THAT KIDS SO YOUNG ARE STARTING TO GET THIS, RIGHT? GOT TO PAY ATTENTION TO IT EARLY NOW.