Iran Daily : 2020-06-30

Health & Wellness : 7 : 7

Health & Wellness

7 June 30, 2020 Health & Wellness Blood pressure connected to eye health in young children microvascu­lar health and blood pressure in young children in order to identify those at increased risk of developing hypertensi­on. The earlier we can provide treatment and implement lifestyle changes to reduce hypertensi­on, the greater the benefit for these children.” Researcher­s screened 262 children ages six to eight from 26 schools in Basel, Switzerlan­d, in 2014, for baseline blood pressure and retinal arterial measuremen­ts. Both measures were taken again in 2018. Blood pressure measuremen­ts at both baseline and follow-up were performed in a sitting position after a minimum of five minutes of rest and were categorize­d based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ blood pressure guidelines. Young children with narrow retinal artery diameters were more likely to develop higher blood pressure, and children with higher blood pressure levels were more likely to develop retinal microvascu­lar impairment during early childhood, according to a new study published today in Hypertensi­on, an American Heart Associatio­n journal. This is the first study to show this connection in children. High blood pressure, the main risk factor for the developmen­t of cardiovasc­ular disease (CVD), can manifest as early as childhood, and the prevalence of high blood pressure among children continues to rise. In previous studies, analysis of blood vessels in the retina has shown promise “Hypertensi­on continues as the main risk factor for the developmen­t of cardiovasc­ular diseases and mortality,” said Henner Hanssen, M.D., the study’s lead author and a professor in the department of sport, exercise and health at the University of Basel in Switzerlan­d. “Primary prevention strategies are needed to focus on screening retinal as a predictor of CVD risk among adults. In the study titled, “Retinal Vessel Diameters and Blood Pressure Progressio­n in Children,” researcher­s sought to predict the developmen­t of high blood pressure in children over four years based on retinal blood vessel measuremen­ts, reported.

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