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Automatic Model to Infer Hypertension in Children

Sousa, R.Sousa ; Coimbra, M.

Automatic Model to Infer Hypertension in Children, Proc Portuguese Conf. on Pattern Recognition - RecPad, Coimbra, Portugal, Vol. 18, pp. 1 - 1, October, 2012.

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Abstract
Cardiovascular diseases have a high impact worldwide, especially in developing countries. Obesity in children has been associated with these pathologies which are only diagnosed later in their adulthood. However, only recently it has been identified a strong relation between hypertension in childhood and cardiovascular diseases in the adulthood. An early detection is therefore paramount being only constrained by the required effort to the medical doctor in analysing different set of tables in order to determine a positive pathological condition or not. A computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system can easily fill this gap.
A preliminary study is here conducted on a dataset composed by a little more than 5 thousand patients. The goal is to objectively identify the most important characteristics that should be considered by an automated learner in a routine examination in order to predict hypertension in a patient.