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The UK NSC recommendation on Hypertension screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed December 2011
Next review due in 2014/15
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Screening for hypertension should not be offered to children.


Screening for hypertension in children is not recommended due to the lack of understanding of the condition, an agreed definition of the condition, a simple valid test, acceptance of blood pressure - taking in children by professionals and trial data of a screening programme.


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More about Hypertension (child)

Blood pressure is defined as the amount of pressure exerted on the walls of the arteries as the blood moves through them. Whereas raised blood pressure is common in adults and a cause is not usually found, in children it is much less common and a cause is usually found. High blood pressure (hypertension) often causes no symptoms or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that can affect the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.

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British Hypertension Society
Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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icon Childhood hypertension screening policy statement Dec 2011 (PDF document, 150KB, 27/09/13)

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