Double Trouble: Kids With Hypertension Face Double the Risk of Major Adverse Cardiac Events

7 May 2024 • Startling findings from a comprehensive study highlight a concerning trend: children and adolescents diagnosed with hypertension face a daunting 2.1-fold higher risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) as they transition into adulthood, compared to their non-hypertensive counterparts.

  • Notably, children with hypertension also had a 2- to 3-fold higher risk of stroke, hospitalized myocardial infarction or unstable angina, coronary intervention, and congestive heart failure.
  • However, there was no significant difference in cardiovascular death between the two groups.

These findings underscore the importance of enhancing blood pressure monitoring and management strategies in children with hypertension to mitigate the long-term cardiovascular risks they face in adulthood.

Source: JAMA | Read full story

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