Blood Pressure

Elevated blood pressure is on the rise among young people according to a new study.

FOX News Radio's Bill Vitka reports:

High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, organ damage, heart attack and stroke. It's now a rising threat to children and teenagers: those 8 to 17.

Elevated blood pressure among children and teens has risen 27% over 13 years according to the journal, "Hypertension".

The reason is a change in eating habits, compounded by processed food and excessive salt intake. 2,300 mg of salt is the daily recommended maximum, more than 80% of children studied exceed that standard.

Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio.