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Heart Disease: Children Are Developing Conditions Tied to Aging--and Pediatricians Are on High Alert

"Being young" is not a typical risk factor that comes to mind when thinking about potentially dangerous heart conditions, nor do we expect the pediatrician to test for signs of such problems at an annual checkup. But in August, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its guidelines for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure in youth, the first time these standards have been updated since 2004. The new recommendations simplified the diagnostic procedures for pediatric an

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