Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 10 - 2021
Is Clinical Blood Pressure Measurement Sufficient for Evaluating Blood Pressure in Children Doing Sports?
Nurdan Erol1*, İlke Aktas1 and Cigdem Erol2
1Health Sciences University Zeynep Kamil Gynecology and Pediatrics Training and Research Hospital, Pediatric Clinics, Dr. Burhanettin Ustunel Sokagi Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
2Istanbul University Informatics Department, Beyazit, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Nurdan Erol, Health Sciences University Zeynep Kamil Gynecology and Pediatrics Training and Research Hospital, Pediatric Clinics, Dr. Burhanettin Ustunel Sokagi Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey.
Received: September 16, 2021; Published: September 29, 2021


Objective: Cardiological examination is important in monitoring athletes’ health. However, blood pressure values (BPV) measured may not always reflect actual BPV. In this study, a comparison of the BPV obtained in clinical and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) was made with the aim of investigating this difference.

Methods: The subjects were randomly selected from child athletes in our Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Clinic. Physical examination, electrocardiography (ECG), echocardiography (ECHO) and ABPM were performed. The data was analyzed with the software Microsoft Office Excel 2016.

Results: The study consisted of 7 girls and 26 boys.Their ages were 13.52 ± 2.31 years. The mean weight was 64.52 ± 19.21 kg, the mean height was 167.61 ± 14.65 cm, and the body mass index was 22.38 ± 4.24. All ECG and All ECHO values were normal. The mean systolic BPV was 119.79 ± 12.47 mm Hg and diastolic BPV 72.55 ± 9.95 mm Hg in clinical examination. In the ABPM, the mean systolic BPV was 119.15 ± 10.45mm Hg and the mean diastolic BPV was 65.15 ± 6.78 mm Hg. In 5 of the subjects, blood pressure values were above the 95th percentile in ABPM readings. Masked hypertension was detected in 4 (12%) subjects and white coat hypertension was detected in 10 (30%).

Conclusion: It is argued that clinical measurements is not sufficient to evaluate blood pressure. Where blood pressure values are found to be high, it is recommended to use ABPM in order to detect acurate BPV.

Keywords: Sports; Blood Pressure; Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitorization; Hypertension; Child


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