2016 European Society of Hypertension guidelines for themanagement of high blood pressure in children and adolescents

Empar Lurbe*, Enrico Agabiti-Rosei, Kennedy Cruickshank, Anna Dominiczak, Serap Erdine, Asle Hirth, Cecilia Invitti, Mieczyslaw Litwin, Giuseppe Mancia, Denes Pall, Wolfgang Rascher, Josep Redon, Franz Schaefer, Tomas Seeman, Manish Sinha, Stella Stabouli, Nicholas J. Webb, Elke Wühl, Alberto Zanchetti

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Increasing prevalence of hypertension (HTN) in children and adolescents has become a significant public health issue driving a considerable amount of research. Aspects discussed in this document include advances in the definition of HTN in 16 year or older, clinical significance of isolated systolic HTN in youth, the importance of out of office and central blood pressure measurement, new risk factors for HTN, methods to assess vascular phenotypes, clustering of cardiovascular risk factors and treatment strategies among others. The recommendations of the present document synthesize a considerable amount of scientific data and clinical experience and represent the best clinical wisdom upon which physicians, nurses and families should base their decisions. In addition, as they call attention to the burden of HTN in children and adolescents, and its contribution to the current epidemic of cardiovascular disease, these guidelines should encourage public policy makers to develop a global effort to improve identification and treatment of high blood pressure among children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1887-1920
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • Adolescents
  • Central blood pressure
  • Children
  • European
  • Management of high blood pressure
  • Out of office blood pressure
  • Recommendations
  • Society of hypertension


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