Abnormal cholesterol and high blood pressure are well-recognized conditions in adults. It surprises many people that these conditions can also arise in childhood, and that they lay the foundation for heart disease in adulthood. Research shows that normalizing cholesterol values and reducing high blood pressure in children may help prevent or slow the development of heart disease as they reach adulthood.
For more than 30 years, the Preventive Cardiology Clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston has offered state-of-the-art services aimed at identifying and medically managing the risk factors—particularly abnormal cholesterol and blood pressure often related to excess weight—that lead to cardiac events in adulthood. Its goals are to prevent heart attack, stroke and other acute cardiac events later in life; to decrease mortality; and to increase a child's future quality of life. We're the first and largest clinical service of this kind in the Northeast—highly experienced in evaluating and treating heart disease risk factors in children.
The Preventive Cardiology Clinic at Children’s is the only clinical service in the Northeast that focuses on preventing heart disease in children. We take a multidisciplinary, team approach to managing the young patients who come to our clinic. Our providers include clinicians specializing in pediatric cardiology and heart disease prevention, endocrinology, gastroenterology and primary care—as well as dieticians experienced in pediatric hyperlipidemia and hypertension.
Screening Children for Cholesterol
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, has issued important new guidelines for monitoring, and improving, cardiovascular health in children — including
screening for lipids, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
How will you respond?
Let Children’s cardiologists help you navigate the changes.
- Resources for providers, summarizing the most important points
- Resources for families, including important tips on health nutrition
Learn more about some of the controversy in this NY Times article.
As part of our mission to advance scientific understanding of atherosclerosis—the gradual hardening and narrowing of arteries that sets the stage for a heart attack or stroke—the Preventive Cardiology Clinic participates in, and recruits for, a wide range of research programs. At any given time, Children’s has hundreds of clinical trials underway. Learn more about the clinical trials currently available.