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Pediatric Hypertension Center

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Overview

While high blood pressure is far more common among adults, children and teens can develop the problem too. In fact, the rate among kids is on the rise, a trend that experts link to the increase in childhood obesity. We developed a special program to evaluate and treat children and teens with high blood pressure.

We have one focus: kids.

We provide many tests and evaluations to diagnose and treat high blood pressure in infants, children and teens. For your convenience, we group procedures into a single visit.

A board-certified pediatric nephrologist leads a team in providing:

  • Lipid profiling, which measures total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • Doppler ultrasound of the kidneys, which uses sound waves to transmit a detailed picture of the kidneys
  • Echocardiogram, which uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart
  • Nutritional counseling, which allows a dietitian to address issues like sodium (salt) and fat in the diet and the need for regular fitness activity
  • Social work counseling, which helps address family insurance or financial issues that may affect diagnosis and treatment
  • 24-hour automatic blood pressure monitoring (if indicated)
  • Referral to a weight management program, if appropriate

Causes of high blood pressure in kids.

The causes of high blood pressure differ, depending on a child's age. The younger the child, the more likely the high blood pressure is linked to an illness. In babies, it's usually caused by prematurity or problems with the kidneys or heart.

Among school-age kids and teens, hypertension is usually linked to excess weight. In some cases it's due to a problem with the kidneys, although other conditions — like abnormalities in the blood vessels and hormonal disorders — also can be responsible. Some medications (such as steroids or oral contraceptives) can lead to high blood pressure, as can overconsumption of alcohol and illegal drugs.

If untreated, over time high blood pressure can damage many organs of the body, including the heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. The normal range for blood pressure depends on your child's sex, age and height.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Hypertension Center

330-543-8950

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Nephrology
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
214 W. Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3980
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Our Doctors/Providers

James Prebis
James Prebis, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

Rupesh Raina
Rupesh Raina, MD, FACP, FAAP

Pediatric Nephrologist