Pediatric Hypertension Program

The Swedish Pediatric Nephrology service has over 30 years of combined experience in diagnosing, treating, and caring for pediatric patients with high blood pressure (hypertension).

Hypertension is a condition occurring in approximately 3.5% of children and adolescents. An additional 3-3.5% of children and adolescents have elevated blood pressure which can be a precursor to developing hypertension in the future. Identifying a hypertensive patient is critical because it is often the cause of an underlying disorder that can be treated. Today, most pediatric hypertension is caused by genetics, lifestyle, or kidney problems. 

Early intervention is vital to reduce the negative impact and prevent advanced disease. Although it may take years to see the results, advanced hypertension can negatively impact an individual’s kidneys, cardiovascular health, brain, and eyes.

Research shows that hypertension is more common in boys than girls, and higher among adolescents than younger children. Additionally, the rates of hypertension are higher in children with chronic kidney disease, obesity, pre-term birth, and sleep- disordered breathing. The Swedish team has the expertise to identify, diagnose, and treat pediatric patients with hypertension and related conditions. This improves patient well-being and reduces the long-term disease impact.

Appointments & Referrals

For appointments: 206-215-2700

Physician to physician consults: 206-215-2701 (during business hours) 

Appointments are available at our Pediatric Specialty Care clinics in Seattle and Issaquah.

Our Doctors

Meet our team ›

Our Expertise

  • Pediatric nephrologists experienced with care and management of patients with hypertension
  • Registered dieticians to help with nutritional guidance
  • Nursing care management
  • Strong clinical network with other pediatric specialists such as cardiology and sleep medicine

Conditions We Treat

  • Primary and secondary hypertension
  • Elevated blood pressure (without the diagnosis of hypertension)
  • Kidney disease
  • Collaboration with specialists: 
    • Cardiology
    • Sleep medicine
    • Pediatric Resilience clinic (patients with metabolic syndrome)
    • Adolescent care pathway which could include a primary care provider or adult nephrologist

If your child is referred to the Pediatric Hypertension program, we can help you and your pediatrician by doing a full assessment and provide specific recommendations for treatment and lifestyle changes. 

What to Expect:

  • Thorough diagnostic history and physical exam
  • 24- hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring  
  • Laboratory tests and imaging studies when indicated
  • Care plan including nutrition and exercise
  • Medication management
  • Close follow-up with hypertension care team