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Ahmed A.,Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical science SKIMS | Ali S.W.,Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical science SKIMS | Massodi S.,Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical science SKIMS | Bhat M.A.,Sher Kashmir Institute of Medical science SKIMS
Indian Pediatrics | Year: 2016

Objective: To test whether blood pressure-to-height ratio (BPHR) can be used to screen for hypertension in children. Methods: Data regarding blood pressure and other variables was recorded for 2702 school children between the ages of 10-16 years as a part of a nutritional survey. Results: The optimal thresholds for defining hypertension in boys were 0.76 for systolic BPHR and 0.50 for diastolic BPHR; the respective threshold in girls were 0.80 and 0.52. Conclusion: BPHR can be used as an effective screening test for diagnosing both hypertension and prehypertension in children aged 10–16 years. © 2016, Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

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