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Global pediatric hypertension prevalence on the rise

Researchers found that 4% of children and teens around the world had hypertension, with the prevalence of childhood hypertension increasing at a relative rate of 75% to 79% from 2000 to 2015. The findings in JAMA Pediatrics, based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of 47 studies between 1994 and 2018 involving youths ages 6 to 19, also showed significantly higher hypertension prevalence among those who were overweight and obese.

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