Medindia

X

Study: Measuring Sodium In Child's Urine may Help Doctors Identify Risk for High Blood Pressure

by Rukmani Krishna on  September 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
A study has found that measuring sodium in a child's urine may help doctors identify those at risk for having high blood pressure later in life. The study was presented at the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2013. In a small study, researchers used a new protocol to quickly screen 19 children who were 10-19-year-olds.
 Study: Measuring Sodium In Child's Urine may Help Doctors Identify Risk for High Blood Pressure
Study: Measuring Sodium In Child's Urine may Help Doctors Identify Risk for High Blood Pressure
Advertisement

Researchers found that of the eight who retained sodium seven had high blood pressure.The inability to properly excrete sodium in the body can occur during stress, such as when kids get nervous while in a doctor's office, so the children were asked to provide a urine sample before and after their visit to a physician. Sodium retention increases fluid in the blood vessels, which can impact blood pressure. High blood pressure can develop over time if the body can't properly regulate sodium, and is a serious risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Advertisement
"Hypertension is no longer an adult disease," said Gregory Harshfield, Ph.D., study senior researcher and director of the Institute of the Georgia Prevention Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Ga. "The results of this test could also provide useful information that could help pediatricians better manage and treat hypertension in their patients," Harshfield said.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All