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Did you know that children can suffer from hypertension?
This will get your heart pounding: a recent study in the medical journal Pediatrics found that about five out of every 100 kids have elevated blood pressure. And if left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to future heart failure, stroke or organ damage. So take small steps to help keep your child's heart and cardiovascular system stay healthy. Watch for high blood pressure symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, and vision problems. Get your children's blood pressure checked during their routine exams, including both annual well-child check-ups and acute visits. This is especially important if your child is overweight or you have a family history of hypertension. Take one step. It's never too late.