The quest for blood pressure reference values in children.

  title={The quest for blood pressure reference values in children.},
  author={Arnaud Chiolero},
  journal={Journal of hypertension},
  volume={32 3},
  • A. Chiolero
  • Published 1 March 2014
  • Medicine
  • Journal of hypertension
Do we need country-specific blood pressure reference values for children? This question will sound weird for clinicians caring for adult hypertensive patients or researchers working in the domain of adult hypertension. Indeed, there are no country-specific reference values for adults. This contrasts 

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