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Hypertension treatment

Hypertension treatment at Children's Mercy 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.

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 disease.

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 examination.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

The clinic offers home blood pressure monitoring education and, when indicated, pediatric specific ambulatory blood pressure monitoring studies

Specialized Testing

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 your 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 appointment.

The DASH Diet

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is a flexible and balanced plan that helps lower high blood pressure and create a heart-healthy eating style for life.

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH Diet)
Enfoques Dietéticos para Detener la Hipertensión (la Dieta DASH)

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  • Lifestyle education and modification

  • Pharmacologic management

  • Surgical and interventional radiological procedures

  • Research opportunities