Genetics of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents 

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Genetics of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents
What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious health condition that affects many people, including children. When a child has hypertension, it means that their blood is pushing against the walls of their blood vessels too hard. This can cause damage to the blood vessels and other organs in the body. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke later in life. Research shows that children who have high blood pressure are more likely to have cardiovascular risks in early adulthood.

Risk factors for Hypertension.

  • High Cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Lack of physical activity

It is important for parents and healthcare providers to check children for hypertension, and to take steps to help prevent it. This can include encouraging healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and stress management techniques.


How was the Research done?

Researchers are using two databases, the Synthetic Derivative (SD) and BioVU, to help with this study. They are looking at both boys and girls who are under 18 years of age and have data in the SD. Blood pressure measurements from when the person was in the hospital will not be included in the study. The goal of the study is to learn more about blood pressure and how it is affected by different factors.


Who will Benefit?

Heart disease is a major cause of death around the world, and many of these deaths are due to high blood pressure. Studies have shown that having high blood pressure as a teenager can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure as an adult, which can lead to heart disease and other health complications. By tracking risk factors early on, we can create personalized interventions to help prevent high blood pressure. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and other health problems later in life.