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February 23, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;235(8):785-795. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260340003001

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Infant's blood pressure may yield clues to future hypertension  The tendency toward hypertension is usually discernible by the age of 6 months, says a Harvard Medical School team headed by Edward H. Kass, MD, PhD.At this point, the known familial aggregation effect of blood pressure levels seems to be demonstrable in full strength, with little difference between breast-fed and bottle-fed babies. That is, even at 6 months of age, there is a correlation between the blood pressure of the baby, corrected for age and sex, and that of his mother and other first-order relatives, particularly siblings. Dr Kass told the American Heart Association's Science Writers' Forum in Arizona that these results come from a study of 120 newborns and their mothers.An earlier study by Dr Kass, who is William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine, and co-workers Stephen H. Zinner, MD, and Paul S. Levy, ScD, was one