Hypertension treatment at Children's Mercy Kansas City provides specialized care for children with high blood
pressure. Our pediatric nephrologists develop care plans tailored
for each patient's needs while collaborating with highly trained
nurse practitioners to manage ongoing care.
About High Blood Pressure in Children
Hypertension is the primary risk factor for cardiovascular
disease in adults and is associated with an increased risk of
cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and strokes.
Fortunately, the adverse cardiovascular outcomes are infrequently
observed in children with hypertension, but there is good evidence
at the onset of cardiovascular disease begins in childhood.
Hypertension is identified in about 1 percent of healthy children
with much higher rates observed in children with obesity and kidney
What to Expect During Your Visit
The initial evaluation will include a thorough review of the
child's medical history, including a review of prior test completed
related to hypertension, medications, and a complete physical
Blood Pressure Monitoring
The clinic offers home blood pressure monitoring education and,
when indicated, pediatric specific ambulatory blood pressure
When a more in-depth evaluation is needed, the clinic offers the
opportunity to obtain specialized testing by pediatric trained
radiologist, cardiologist, sleep study specialist, weight
specialist and nutritionist.
Before the Appointment
Any previous test or radiological studies should be sent from
your doctor's office before the appointment. If the child has had
imaging studies done in an outside facility, a CD containing the
images should be sent to the hypertension clinic prior to the
- Lifestyle education and modification
- Pharmacologic management
- Surgical and interventional radiological procedures
- Research opportunities