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A 36-year-old member asked:

Will our high blood pressure be passed down to the child?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: A child can inherit the predisposition for high blood pressure, but the environment can help decrease the incidence of it showing up. Help your child to eat healthy to maintain normal weight and to decrease salt intake.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes & no: Hypertension is a condition that has both hereditary and environmental causes.The lines can blur, so a heavy family passes on its poor feeding & exercise patterns bringing greater blood pressure problems for all. Baseline essential hbp frequency is 50% at 50 & 70% at 70, so if you live long enough it will catch up with you.Some conditions do have directly inherited hbp as a feature (nephritis).

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes high blood pressure in a young child?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
See your doctor: High blood pressure in b a young child can have several causes but are more likely to have a medical cause beyond just being overweight. Seeing a doctor to check for signs of kidney, thyroid or heart disease is important. Sometimes it is more a matter of the blood pressure having been checked incorrectly, so if you are getting high readings in a drugstore have your doctor re-check the pressure.
Dr. Barton Cook
Dr. Barton Cook commented
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
It may also be from coarctation of the aorta. Generally th r right arm blood pressure will be high, and the leg blood pressure normal or low.
Feb 4, 2012

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