Pediatric hypertension occurs in 2-5% of all pediatric patients and is one of the top five chronic diseases in children and adolescents. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the diagnosis is missed in up to 75% of pediatric patients in primary care settings and appropriate medication initiation occurs much less frequently than is indicated, according to current guidelines. In today’s episode we talk with Steve Daniels, MD about the pediatric hypertension clinical practice guideline he helped to co-author, how you can incorporate blood pressure screening at well child visits, replacing the term “prehypertension” with “elevated blood pressure” and treatment recommendations for your patients.
Dr. Daniels is a pediatric cardiologist, Pediatrician-in-Chief and the L. Joseph Butterfield Chair of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology at University of Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Daniels is a sought-out expert in the field of pediatric hypertension and pediatric nutrition.