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October 1975

Blood Pressure Studies in Black Children

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics (Drs. Dube, Kapoor, and Ratner) and family practice (Dr. Tunick), Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn; and the Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Dube) and the Comprehensive Approach to Community Health Program (Dr. Tunick), Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(10):1177-1180. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120470029007

• Blood pressure measurements were obtained under office conditions by auscultatory method, using appropriate cuff sizes, in 1,668 healthy black children (827 boys and 841 girls) ranging in age from 4 to 17 years.

We found no significant difference between the mean systolic blood pressure of black children in our study and that of whites as reported in the literature. However, mean diastolic blood pressure was lower in black children. Some black children (3.6%) were found to have blood pressure more than 2 standard deviations above the mean for their age and should be closely observed for developing hypertensive cardiovascular changes.

(Am J Dis Child 129:1177-1180, 1975)

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