How to Make Learning Easier – Children With High Blood Pressure More Likely to Have Learning Disabilities.

How to Make Learning Easier – Children with High Blood Pressure More Likely to Have Learning Disabilities.

“We’re getting closer to understanding the relationship between hypertension and cognitive function in children,”

Marc Lande, M.D.

  • A study from the University of Rochester Medical Center recently found that children with hypertension are 4 times more likely to have learning problems.
  • An estimated 4% of children in the United States have hypertension, and the need to understand this connection is extremely important
  • Here is an excerpt of the article.  You can read the full article online at the University of Rochester Medical Center website.

“Children who have hypertension are much more likely to have learning disabilities than children with normal blood pressure, according to a newUniversity of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) study published today in the journal, Pediatrics. In fact, when variables such as socio-economic levels are evened out, children with hypertension were four times more likely to have cognitive problems.

“This study also found that children with hypertension are more likely to have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder),” saidHeather R. Adams, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at URMC, and an author of the study. “Although retrospective, this work adds to the growing evidence of an association between hypertension and cognitive function. With 4 percent of children now estimated to have hypertension, the need to understand this potential connection is incredibly important.”

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