Hypertension among schoolchildren in Greece

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Commentary by Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Chief Physician, Associate Research Professor, MD, DMSc, PhD, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Kalliopi Karatzi and co-workers report in the April 2017 issue of Atherosclerosis that the prevalence of hypertension in Greek children and adolescents is alarming. The first author, Kalliopi Karatzi, is from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Science and Education, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece.

Background: Hypertension in childhood is an increasing health problem. Data on hypertension prevalence and related phenotypes in the Greek population are limited.

Results: In 2655 schoolchildren 9-13 years old from 77 primary schools in four large regions of Greece, the observed prevalence rates were 14.2% for prehypertension, 15.7% for stage 1 hypertension, and 7.3% for s...