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Sharp increase in hospitalizations for children with hypertension
June 18th, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Sharp increase in hospitalizations for children with hypertension

The number of hospitalizations for children with high blood pressure more than doubled from 1997 to 2006, according to a new study.  The number rose from 12,661 hospitalizations in 1997 to 24,602 in 2006.  The study is published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension.

"There have been some published studies that have demonstrated an increase in frequency of hypertension among kids in the outpatient settings in the clinics," said Dr. Cheryl Tran, study author and fellow in the Department of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Michigan.

"In our study, we found we also are seeing this trend in the inpatient setting," she said.

"It definitely was surprising- we may be seeing a reflection of that from the rise in hypertension from the outpatient setting, but I think what was also alarming was the economic burden created by the inpatient pediatric hypertension."

The cost of the hospitalizations in the 10 years reviewed reached an estimated $3.1 billion, according to the study.

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