High Nighttime Blood Pressure May Warn of Faster Kidney Disease Progression in Kids

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Elevated nighttime blood pressure may be a warning sign that a child with kidney disease is at risk of faster progression, according to an abstract presented at Kidney Week.

Hypertension is a risk factor for kidney disease, and is linked to faster progression. Typically, physicians monitor blood pressure with readings during clinic visits. However, use of 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is increasing, and emerging data suggest that high nighttime blood pressure may be a particularly important risk factor in kidney disease. For example, a recent study in adults with kidney disease suggested that elevated nighttime blood pressure may lead