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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121-124

Blood pressure distribution and its relation to anthropometric measurements among school children in Aligarh

1 Reader, Department of Home Science, Women's College, AMU, Aligarh, India
2 Research Scholar, Department of Home Science, Women's College, AMU, Aligarh, India

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Anisa M Durrani
Reader, Department of Home Science, Women's College, AMU, Aligarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.85246

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A cross-sectional study among 701 school children (12-16 years) was conducted in Aligarh to find out the prevalence of hypertension and to correlate school going adolescent's blood pressure with age, sex, height and weight. The weight was taken by a standardized weighing machine while height was measured using a standard stediometer. Blood pressure measurements were taken by a mercury sphygmomanometer. The distribution of blood pressure by anthropometric characteristics were studied. Mean, standard deviation and correlation coefficient were used for statistical analysis. The overall prevalence of hypertension was found to be 9.4%. Blood pressure of both gender appear to have positive correlation with anthropometric characteristics. Study recommends that children must be screened regularly for blood pressure so that remedial measure can be initiated as early as possible.

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