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Tracking of blood pressure from childhood to adolescence in a Greek cohort.
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PMID:  21705785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Studies have reported tracking of blood pressure (BP) from childhood to adulthood but with inconsistent results mainly due to methodological and ethnic differences. We aimed to examine BP tracking during a 7-year period in a Greek cohort.
METHODS: This is a longitudinal school-based study conducted during 1990-96 in Athens, Greece. Children underwent BP and anthropometric measurements on two to three visits annually (averaged to annual values) for 7 years.
RESULTS: A total of 166 children with complete yearly follow-up data for the examined period were included (mean baseline age 9 ± 1.7 years, range: 5-12 years, 89 boys). At baseline, the prevalence of pre- and hypertension was 22.9 and 24.1% respectively and at the end of the follow-up 24.1% (P = NS vs. baseline) and 13.3% (P = 0.02 vs. baseline) respectively. Systolic/diastolic BP tracking correlation coefficients between 1990 and 1996 were 0.38 (P < 0.001)/0.20 (P = 0.06) for boys and 0.30 (P = 0.007)/0.22 (P = 0.06) for girls. Among children with baseline BP ≥90th centile (systolic and/or diastolic), 44% remained in the same BP range after 7 years. In stepwise multiple regression analysis, baseline systolic BP, male gender, baseline body mass index (BMI) and change in BMI from baseline to the end of the follow-up (ΔBMI) were significant predictors of systolic BP levels at the end of the follow-up. Baseline diastolic BP, baseline BMI and ΔBMI were significant predictors of diastolic BP at the end of the follow-up.
CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that the risk of developing high BP during adolescence can be predicted by BP and BMI at childhood.
Anastasios Kollias; Kyratsoula Pantsiotou; Nikolaos Karpettas; Leonidas Roussias; George S Stergiou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-06-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of public health     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1464-360X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-24     Completed Date:  2012-10-01     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204966     Medline TA:  Eur J Public Health     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  389-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Blood Pressure*
Body Weights and Measures
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Greece / epidemiology
Health Surveys
Hypertension / epidemiology*
Sex Factors

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