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More children hospitalized for hypertension

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The number of children hospitalized with high blood pressure is climbing.  That's according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension.

Researchers found in 1997, more than 12,600 kids were hospitalized with high blood pressure.   That number nearly doubled by 2006.

The researchers looked at hospital discharge data for the study.  They included all children aged 2 to 18 who were treated for hypertension, regardless of the main reason for their hospitalization.

Researchers found that those most likely to have high blood pressure were older than nine, male and African-American.  

Researchers say childhood obesity may play a role in the sharp increase in hospitalizations.