Study: Hospitalizations for children with hypertension nearly double

A new study says over the last ten years hospitalizations for kids with high blood pressure nearly doubled.

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports, “The number rose from 12,661 hospitalizations in 1997 to 24,602 in 2006.” The research “is published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension.”

The Huffington Post reports, “Heart and kidney disease can lead to blood pressure issues in children.” The researchers “found that many children with hypertension in their discharge records were first diagnosed with something else, such as kidney conditions, lupus or pneumonia.”

On its website, CBS News reports, “The increase in cases has also lead to a 50 percent increase in treatment cost – to more than $3 billion.”

HealthDay reports, “Children with high blood pressure stayed in the hospital twice as long as children without high blood pressure – eight days versus four days – the study found.” The investigators found that “the most common reasons children were hospitalized were pneumonia-related infection, acute appendicitis and asthma.”

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