By Wesley Davis

Dear NP


May 27, 2021

Dear NP,

“Please discuss the screening recommendations for pediatric hypertension. My 14-year-old had a blood pressure of 151/102 during a recent sports physical. I don’t remember his blood pressure being checked at previous medical appointments.”

Dear Reader,

Recommendations for blood pressure screening in children can vary depending on the organization presenting the guidelines. The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an organization that reviews the evidence for or against screening services.

Currently, the USPSTF recommends against routine screening of blo...

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