Preventive Cardiology Program

The Preventive Cardiology Program at Texas Children’s Heart Center is committed to managing the risk factors of acquired heart disease in children with a strong family history of heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Our goal is to prevent future heart disease and events such as heart attack and stroke through education and early detection and intervention.

Reasons for early intervention

Abnormal cholesterol and high blood pressure are well-recognized conditions in adults. Yet these conditions can also arise in childhood and lay the foundation for heart disease in adulthood. Research shows that normalizing cholesterol values and lowering high blood pressure in children may help prevent or slow the development of heart disease as they reach adulthood.

The goal of the Preventive Cardiology Program is to prevent heart attack, stroke and other acute cardiac events later in life and to increase a child’s future quality of life. We typically treat children who have abnormal lipid levels or high blood pressure, which can increase the risk for heart disease into adulthood. Other conditions that may bring your child to our program include liver disease, obesity, diabetes or metabolic syndrome that directly causes them to have lipid or blood pressure abnormalities.

If you’re concerned that your child may be at risk for heart disease later in life, the Preventive Cardiology Program can help.

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