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Researchers will test effectiveness of hypertension drug in teenagers

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published July 3, 2023 14:06

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Hypertension is no longer just an adult problem. More and more teenagers are struggling with this dangerous disease, which can have serious consequences for their health. Obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are just some of the risk factors contributing to the rise in hypertension among young people.

Hypertension in children and adolescents can be primary (spontaneous), but is much more common than in the adult population as a result of other diseases. Among the secondary causes of hypertension in children and adolescents, kidney parenchymal and vascular diseases predominate. Other causes include thyroid disease. Spontaneous hypertension is more common in children with a family history of hypertension and in children who are overweight or obese.

Hypertension affects 4% of children and up to 10% of adolescents representing a significant health and social problem not only in adult medicine, but also in pediatrics. Untreated or ineffectively treated hypertension can cause many dangerous diseases and even death from cardiovascular causes later i...

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