There are generally a few guidelines that pediatrics should follow to help ensure the safety and the right health of children. Only lately these guidelines were amended and changed to a more strict set of rules. The new rules suggest a new approach for blood pressure in kids and other different symptoms that should not be taken lightly.
A recent study was conducted to study the effect of the change of these guidelines on the life of the children born. The main observed change was in terms of the blood pressure; where the change in guidelines, making it more strict, has helped detected children who are at risk of premature heart diseases.
Heart diseases at a young age are very common especially as a genetic defect. However, it gets hard to determine whether the change in blood pressure is due to an effect in the body or only a normal cause. This is why, making the rules reach extreme measures, have helped identify higher risks of premature heart diseases.
The study was led by PhD holder Lydia A. Bazzano, who is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. She commented on her results saying, “After reviewing years of information from the Bogalusa Heart Study, we concluded that compared with children with normal blood pressure, those reclassified as having elevated or high blood pressure were more likely to develop adult high blood pressure, thickening of the heart muscle wall and the metabolic syndrome – all risk factors for heart disease.”