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What causes high blood pressure?

My grandson (age 15) has grown up in Japan but is now living in California. When he went to have his athletic physical, his blood pressure registered 180/? and is now 140/65. Does this represent a problem...he is very slender and doesn t eat junk food. His doctor says he needs to go to a cardiologist but it seems so many kids have this issue the pediatric cardiologists are all booked up. He recently returned from a 4-week visit in Japan and the family is moving into a new apartment so perhaps these things would be an issue along with just starting high school.
Wed, 24 Dec 2014
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
hi
there are chances of hypertension in younger age groups
due to various reasons
related to the heart,lung, kidney, obesity, extreme stress, migrane,excessive fatty or cholesterol diet,any vascular causes,or immune/collagen disorders.
it is better to get evaluated with a cardiologist with a echocardiography.
ultrasound abdomen to rule out renal artery stenosis.
even if he is slender please check out for his cholesterol levels.
all the best
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What causes high blood pressure?

hi there are chances of hypertension in younger age groups due to various reasons related to the heart,lung, kidney, obesity, extreme stress, migrane,excessive fatty or cholesterol diet,any vascular causes,or immune/collagen disorders. it is better to get evaluated with a cardiologist with a echocardiography. ultrasound abdomen to rule out renal artery stenosis. even if he is slender please check out for his cholesterol levels. all the best