Acta Paulista de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0103-2100
CHAVES, Emília Soares et al. Children and adolescents with familiar history of high blood pressure: risk factors for cardiovascular diseases . Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.6, pp. 793-799. ISSN 0103-2100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002009000600011.
Objective: To identify the risk factor for cardiovascular diseases among children and adolescents with family history of high blood pressure. Methods: Descriptive Study with 141 individuals aged 6 to 18 years from a community in Fortaleza, Brazil. Data were collected at the participants' home. Results: The most common risk factors were salt intake, sedentary lifestyle, and inadequate intake of vegetables. The mean blood pressure was higher among male than female. Conclusion: Early identification of risk factors for high blood pressure may be an important strategy to prevent the development of other cardiovascular diseases.
Keywords : Hypertension; Risk factors; Child; Adolescents.