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Title: Predictors of Higher Blood Pressure in a Clinical Setting in Normotensive Children: A Prospective Study
Authors: Bohlke, Maristela [UNIFESP]
Dullius, Fernanda
Menezes, Juliana
Cunha, Tiago
Boemer, Hayslan
Menezes, Adriana
Caruso, Paulo
Univ Catolica Pelotas
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: Blood pressure
Birth weight
Body mass index
White-coat hypertension
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2009
Publisher: Karger
Citation: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research. Basel: Karger, v. 32, n. 3, p. 205-209, 2009.
Abstract: This study was designed to assess the predictors of a higher blood pressure (BP) in a clinical setting in a prospective cohort of normotensive children recruited in an outpatient pediatric clinical setting in Southern Brazil. the study evaluated 443 children 3-12 years of age. If the mean value of BP was greater than the 95th percentile for age, sex and height in the medical setting, children were scheduled to other two evaluations at home. the systolic BP percentile in the clinical consultation was associated with BMI and birth weight. the diastolic BP in the clinical consultation was associated with birth weight, age, and BMI. Weight excess, low birth weight and younger age were associated with a higher BP in normotensive children seen in a clinical setting. To our knowledge, this is the first study to describe the association between lower birth weight and a greater BP response to medical consultation. Our finding suggests that the tendency to higher white-coat effect is determined, at least to some extent, in intrauterine life. Copyright (C) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel
ISSN: 1420-4096
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