Sodium-Potassium Blood Pressure Trial in Children

2014-08-27 04:00:05 | BioPortfolio


To examine the effects of nutritional intervention on the rate of rise of blood pressure in late childhood and early adolescence.



Since 1970, children and adolescents with hypertension have been detected with increasing frequency. Many of them were thought to have primary or essential hypertension and it remained unclear how they should be managed. Additionally, since tracking of blood pressure occurred even in early life, it was believed that youngsters with blood pressures persistently in the upper deciles for age were at increased risk for later hypertension. No clinical trials had been performed in this age group to examine the effects of non-pharmacologic or drug therapy in lowering blood pressure. The trial was one of the first attempts to examine the effects of a nutritional intervention on the rate of rise of blood pressure in late childhood and early adolescence.


Randomized, partial-blind. After 19,542 fifth to eighth grade students were screened, 210 (105 boys and 105 girls) from the upper 15 percentiles of blood pressure distribution were randomly assigned to one of three groups: low sodium diet (70 mmol sodium intake per day), potassium chloride supplementation (normal diet plus 1 mmol/kg potassium chloride per day), and placebo (normal diet plus placebo capsule). Capsules for the potassium chloride and placebo groups were administered in a double blind protocol. Blood pressure was measured every three months for three years. The effect of the intervention was determined by comparing the rate of rise (slope) of blood pressure among the groups using a random-coefficient growth curve model.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Prevention


Cardiovascular Diseases


diet, sodium-restricted, diet, potassium-supplemented




National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Results (where available)

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