Blood pressure and physical fitness in children.
The association between physical fitness and blood pressure was studied in 2061 children selected from all fourth graders in 44 elementary schools in the New York City area. Their blood pressure and physical fitness were measured on two consecutive examinations 1 year apart. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure were highest in children with poor physical fitness. The change in physical fitness between the 2 examination years was related to the change in systolic and diastolic blood pressure (i.e., children with a decline in physical fitness showed the largest rise in blood pressure). These observations suggest that the level of systolic and diastolic blood pressure in children is associated with the level of physical fitness. They also indicate that change in blood pressure in childhood may be related to change in physical fitness.
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