EVALUATION OF BLOOD PRESSURE REACTIVITY IN RURAL SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN
Amit Kant Singh, Kirti Jaiswal, KM Shukla, Santosh Kumar Sant, Sandeep Kumar, A N Gayassudin Hyder
Journal Title:Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
Background & Objectives: Arterial blood pressure is an important physiological parameter in epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. Hypertension has been reported to be generally associated with sympathetic over activity. In the study of hypertension, several authors have made use of a technique, known as Cold Presser Test. It was designed to measure the reactivity of blood pressure to a standard stimulus. Thus this study was undertaken to evaluate the response to the standard stimulus in the school going children.
Methods: The study was conducted on healthy school children between the age group of 6.5 years to 11.5 years. The blood pressure was recorded using the standard auscultatory technique and cold pressure test was done as described by Hines & Brown (1932). Individuals were categorized into two groups, depending on their reactivity to cold pressure test as norm reactors (NR) and hyper-reactors (HR).
Results: The significant increase (p