High Blood Pressure in Children and Teens
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. High blood pressure is very common in adults but children and teenagers can get high blood pressure too! High blood pressure puts kids at risk for future heart disease and stroke as an adult.
What do the blood pressure numbers mean?
A blood pressure is measured with two numbers. These numbers are the systolic pressure (the bigger number) and the diastolic pressure (the smaller number). Systolic pressure is the pressure in your arteries when the heart beats. The diastolic pressure is the minimum pressure in your arteries when the heart is relaxed. High blood pressure can come from high systolic or diastolic pressure.
Example: Blood pressure of 120/70. 120 = Systolic pressure and 70 = diastolic pressure.