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The sensitivity of waist-to-height ratio in identifying children with high blood pressure

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dc.contributor.author Van Ridder, Johannes Hendrik
dc.contributor.author Kruger, Herculina Salome
dc.contributor.author Motswagole, Boitumelo Stokie
dc.contributor.author Van Rooyen, Johannes Marthinus
dc.contributor.author Faber, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-18T09:19:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-18T09:19:44Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Motswagole, B.S. et al. 2011. The sensitivity of waist-to-height ratio in identifying children with high blood pressure. Cardiovascular journal of Africa, 22(4):208-211. [http://www.cvja.co.za/information.php] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1995-1892
dc.identifier.issn 1996-3467 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7394
dc.description CVJA is the official journal of the PASCAR (Pan African Society of Cardiology) en_US
dc.description.abstract We determined the sensitivity of waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) as a marker for high blood pressure in children aged nine to 15 years (n = 1 131), from schools in the North West province, South Africa. Anthropometric and blood pressure measurements were taken. The sensitivity and specificity of the WHtR to identify children with high blood pressure were evaluated. At a cut-off value of 0.5, 7.9% of the girls and 3.4% of the boys had central adiposity. Thirteen per cent of the children were hypertensive. The optimal WHtR cut-off value to identify children with hypertension was 0.41 in both boys and girls. Positive correlations were observed between anthropometric indices. Using linear regression analyses, age and body mass index were significant predictors of high blood pressure in boys, while for girls it was height and weight. Results suggest that adopting a WHtR cut-off value < 0.5 could enhance the use of WHtR as a marker for high blood pressure in children. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.5830/CVJA–2010–062
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Clinics Cardive en_US
dc.subject Waist-to-height ratio en_US
dc.subject blood pressure en_US
dc.subject children, South Africa en_US
dc.title The sensitivity of waist-to-height ratio in identifying children with high blood pressure en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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