Preventive Cardiology Program

At Children’s, our Preventive Cardiology Program provides a complete range of services for kids with conditions that place them at risk for early heart attack and stroke. When risk factors such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and elevated blood pressure are properly treated, often with just a healthy diet and exercise, early cardiovascular disease may be prevented.Outpatient evaluation and initial management are provided at Sibley Heart Center Cardiology outpatient clinics. After the initial evaluation, if your child needs specialty care, he can be treated by a team member at any of several Sibley Heart Center Cardiology locations. Consultations are also available at the Children’s Sibley Heart Center for patients at Egleston hospital.

If your child is found to be at risk of early heart attack or stroke, he will probably need follow-up care and management of his condition. We offer close monitoring, counseling on nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle changes, and advice on treatment with or without medicine.

Conditions evaluated and treated in the Preventive Cardiology program include:

  • Elevated lipoprotein (a)
  • Family history of early atherosclerosis
  • Genetic and secondary dyslipidemias
  • Hypercholesterolemia,
  • Hypertension or elevated blood pressure 
  • Hypertriglyceridemia, 
  • Low HDL-cholesterol
  • Obesity/overweight with one of the above

Our Preventive Cardiology team works with other specialists as needed, including:

What to expect

Your child’s initial assessment will include:

  • Review of your child's medical history
  • Review of family medical history
  • Review of laboratory studies
  • Physical exam
  • Electrocardiogram

Other procedures that may be needed to assess your child’s condition are:

  • Nutrition assessment and counseling by our registered dietitian
  • Echocardiogram
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Genetic testing and counseling if necessary
  • Additional laboratory testing and diagnostic studies

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