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Letters Blood pressure in children

Is screening for essential hypertension in children essential?

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1452
  1. Julian Tudor Hart, honorary research fellow
  1. 1University of Wales Swansea Medical School, Swansea SA3 2HH
  1. julian{at}

Advocating routine screening for high arterial pressure in children, Bird and Michie suggest that healthcare workers be reminded of how simple it is to measure blood pressure in children.1 My wife and I measured arterial pressures in all newborns in our total primary care population (all ages) of around 1700, with follow-up readings monthly in the first year, and annually thereafter to age 11, from 1977 to 1987.2 Our original intention was to relate our findings to …

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