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The prevalence of hypertension and prehypertension among children in schools of rural health training area of a tertiary care hospital in Nagpur, Maharashtra
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
|Date of Submission||25-Mar-2020|
|Date of Decision||29-Mar-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||23-Jun-2020|
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi,
P. O. Box: 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Al-Mendalawi MD. The prevalence of hypertension and prehypertension among children in schools of rural health training area of a tertiary care hospital in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2021 Nov 30]. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=319826
In March–April 2020 issue of the Medical Journal of Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeet, Sheikh et al. studied the prevalence of hypertension and prehypertension among Indian children and assessed the correlation between generalized obesity and central obesity with hypertension/prehypertension. They found a higher prevalence of hypertension (3.57%) and prehypertension (6.25%). They also found a significant correlation between hypertension/prehypertension and central obesity. The authors mentioned a few study limitations. I assume that the following methodological limitation is relevant. It is obvious that the proper evaluation of blood pressure (BP) in children necessitates the employment of BP charts. Since BP in a given pediatric population is controlled by different genetic, nutritional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds, various pediatric populations-specific BP reference values have been constructed to be utilized in the researches institutions and clinical settings., To my knowledge, India is among Asian countries that have already constructed their pediatric percentiles for systolic and diastolic BP for both genders. Regrettably, Sheikh et al. did not mention exactly in the study methodology, which BP curves they employed to categorize BP readings of the studied population into the stages of normotensive BP, prehypertension, and hypertension. Ultimately, this limitation might additionally influence the correctness of the study results.
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