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Under new AAP guideline, more US youths classified as having hypertension

Jennifer Wiltz
Although the prevalence of hypertension among U.S. youths aged 12 to 19 years decreased between 2001 and 2016, there was an increase in the number of youths reclassified as having hypertension when a new AAP guideline was applied, according to a study from the CDC.
“A new CDC study examined the impact of the 2017 AAP Clinical Practice Guideline on hypertension prevalence among youth in the United States,” Jennifer Wiltz, MD, MPH, senior pediatric medical officer at the CDC, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “Using the new guideline, approximately 800,000, or
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