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Study: Kids have high blood pressure too

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
High blood pressure is not just a problem for adults; a new study shows it can be a problem for children too.Researchers said one in five West Virginia fifth graders has high blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart attack and stroke as adults.

Doctors said these findings reveal that the obesity epidemic has brought with it risk factors for heart disease rarely seen in children just a few decades ago.

It's not known how many children nationwide have high blood pressure.