In this study Bruna Ossanai Schoenardie, from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, led a team of researchers studying 198 children all born weighing under 1.5 kg. The researchers measured the children’s blood pressure at two and four. 56% of the children had systemic arterial hypertension (SAH) at four. White matter injury and catch-up growth at two were both predictors of SAH. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, white-matter injury, catch-up growth at two and birth weight were all predictors of SAH at two and four.
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