We usually think of high blood pressure, or hypertension, as a problem that affects adults.
But, in fact, this condition can be present at any age, even in infancy.
About five of every hundred children have higher than normal blood pressure. And a recent government report indicated that there is good evidence that children with cholesterol problems become adults with high cholesterol.
So, it's important to monitor the cholesterol and blood pressure of children who may have an increased risk of heart disease.