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Abnormal cholesterol and high blood pressure not only occur in adults, but also in children. Improving cholesterol and blood pressure during childhood helps reduce the risk for heart disease later in life.

Our expertise in preventive cardiology

For more than 30 years, the Preventive Cardiology Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital has evaluated and treated these heart disease risk factors in children. We're the first and largest service of this kind in the Northeast, offering state-of-the art diagnostics and the latest treatments.

Why choose the Preventive Cardiology Clinic?

We take a team approach to managing the young patients who come to our clinic. Our providers include clinicians specializing in pediatric cardiology and heart disease prevention, as well as dietitians experienced in high cholesterol and high blood pressure in children.

After a thorough health evaluation, our team will develop a personalized and comprehensive plan for your child. For some patients, the plan includes a weight-loss component that incorporates heart-healthy eating and exercise. In many children, when weight comes down, so do cholesterol and blood pressure. For some children, lifestyle behaviors are less of a factor. In addition to diet and exercise planning, the clinic offers long-term follow-up and routine monitoring of cholesterol levels, triglycerides, blood pressure and other important health indicators.

Although there are no magic bullets, the clinicians, nurses and dietitians at Boston Children’s have years of experience helping thousands of parents facing the same challenges. Our team will offer strategies that have helped other patients and families follow a heart-healthy lifestyle.