Pediatric Hypertension A Pharmacological Review

Author(s): Alex Chase Lopilato, PharmD, Maida Muratagic, PharmD, Saumil Patel, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2018

Topics: Cardiovascular, Pharmacology

Population: Pediatric

Role: APRN, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Hypertension was once a rarity in children, affecting less than 1% of the pediatric population. Now, with rates on the rise, hypertension is estimated to affect approximately 3.6% of children in the United States.1 The increasing rate of obesity in children, especially in those older than 10 years, is likely the reason for the dramatic rise in the hypertension rate.


  • List mechanisms of action and common side effects of agents commonly used in the management of pediatric hypertension.
  • Discuss initial choices for pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of pediatric hypertension.
  • State general hemodynamic goals for the initial management of a pediatric hypertensive crisis.

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