Screening for Hypertension in Children With, Without Autism Spectrum Disorder

Adults with autism are at increased risk for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and death compared with the general population.1,2 Although hypertension screening (HS) is recommended for children starting at 3 years of age,3 there are barriers to blood pressure (BP) measurement in children with autism, including sensory discomfort2 and comorbid conditions requiring attention during well visits.4 We compared the frequency of HS at health maintenance visits for children with and without autism.


Nugent JT, Bakhoum C, Ghazi L, Greenberg JH. Screening for Hypertension in Children With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(4):e226246. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.6246 © 2022

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