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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 13-18

Normal blood pressure levels in 6 to 11 year-old Nigerian Igbos

Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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The blood pressures of 3333 pupils (1634 boys and 1699 girls) aged 6 to 14 years from 6 randomly selected schools in and around Enugu metropolis were measured. The mean blood pressure and 95th percentile values were determined. The mean systolic blood pressures of the boys were found to be 100.8 to 110.7mmHg and their mean diastolic blood pressures 65.8 to 66.6mmHg for ages 6 to 14 years. For the girls, their mean systolic blood pressures were 102.2 to 118.7mmHg while their mean diastolic blood pressures were 67.8 to 71mmHg for same age range. The 95th percentile levels for the boys were 119.98 to 130.15mmHg for systolic blood pressures and 80.58mmHg for diastolic blood pressure for the age range studied. For the girls, the levels, were 119.57 to 140.6mmHg for the systolic blood pressures and 84.19 to 87.86mmHg for the diastolic blood pressures for same age range. These percentile charts, race and ethnicity determined, are recommended for use in the area of study for blood pressure assessment.

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