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Pediatric Hypertension

Key Points About High Blood Pressure in Children

  • High blood pressure means that the pressure inside the arteries is too high. This may harm the arteries and cause the heart to work harder.
  • High blood pressure often has no known cause. Some health conditions and medicines may cause high blood pressure.
  • Blood pressure changes. Your child's provider will check it over a period of days or weeks before making a diagnosis of high blood pressure.
  • Lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise and healthy eating can help to lower high blood pressure.
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Hypertension Detection and Treatment Program

The Hypertension Detection and Treatment program team works closely with our Nuclear Medicine Program and the Division of Cardiology to perform a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to understand the cause of your child’s elevated blood pressure.

Preventive Cardiology Program

We work with children and teenagers who may be at risk for heart disease. We help them take steps to lower their risk factors and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about Preventive Cardiology.

Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program
Learn about bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for children and teens at our teen-centered Bariatric Surgery Program.
Nephrology

Learn how our highly skilled team works across divisions to manage the full range of kidney diseases in children, including dialysis and kidney transplantation.

Children's National Heart Institute

Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.

Cardiology

The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.