Preventive Cardiology Clinic Clinician Resources

LIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke ThisLIke This

Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health & Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents

from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB)

Below are comments from the Preventive Cardiology Program and specific provisions extracted from the NHLBI guidelines that may help you manage your approach to CVD risk reduction in your patients.

Why these screening guidelines are important

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single largest cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S.
  • Obesity is a major acquired contributor to CVD that will undoubtedly over-burden our healthcare system and all of us as health care providers in the coming years.
  • In a single document, these guidelines raise consciousness about both genetic disorders and obesity-related lifestyle characteristics.
  • Roughly 20% of children have a lipid disorder

Key new screening guidelines for:

How to think about these guidelines

These guidelines are a reasonable starting point for addressing burgeoning CVD risk in the US population, and they require serious consideration. But the guidelines do have limitations. For example, the literature reviewed is already somewhat out of date due to the lengthy governmental review. Emerging data suggests more aggressive evaluation of weight for height in infants, the importance of sleep and stress as CVD risk factors, and novel risk factors such as Lp(a). Importantly, the burden of the guidelines on patients and families, on providers and on the health care system has yet to be explored.

We want to hear from you

We are interested in discussing these issues with you. As primary care providers who are expert in screening and health maintenance, your perspective and experience are extremely important and valuable to us. To consult with one of our pediatric preventive cardiologists, please call 617-355-0955, or email

Request an Appointment

If this is a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. This form should not be used in an emergency.

Patient Information
Date of Birth:
Contact Information
Appointment Details
Send RequestIf you do not see the specialty you are looking for, please call us at: 617-355-6000.International visitors should call International Health Services at +1-617-355-5209.
Please complete all required fields

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

Thank you.

Your request has been successfully submitted

You will be contacted within 1 business day.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call:

617-355-6000 +1-617-355-6000
Find a Doctor
Search by Clinician's Last Name or Specialty:
Select by Location:
Search by First Letter of Clinician's Last Name: *ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
More optionsSearch
Condition & Treatments
Search for a Condition or Treatment:
View allSearch

Visit the Heart Center Facebook community today!

Support Boston Children's Heart Center

Contact the Preventive Cardiology Clinic

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO