High blood pressure in children – why should we care?


The relevance of regularly measuring blood pressure in childhood and adolescence has been a subject of debate. This Grand Round will present the case for routine blood pressure screening in the young, including data on blood pressure tracking from childhood to adulthood, and the association of high blood pressure in childhood with intermediate markers of cardiovascular disease.



Professor Joseph T. Flynn, MD, MS, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He holds the Dr. Robert O. Hickman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nephrology and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Pediatric Nephrology. He has published extensively in the areas of childhood hypertension and cardiovascular complications of chronic kidney disease in children. Prof Flynn served on the Working Group of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, is a past-president of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, and recently chaired an American Academy of Pediatrics committee that issued new guidelines for childhood hypertension.

 Associate Professor Jonathan Mynard is a Team Leader and Research Fellow within the Heart Research group at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Honorary Principal Fellow with the Department of Paediatrics, Honorary Senior Fellow with the Department of Biomedical Engineering (University of Melbourne), NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellow and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow. He is the Convenor of BPOzKids, a multidisciplinary national network focused on addressing issues surrounding high blood pressure in Australian children.

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