Preserving optimal cardiovascular health in children

Amanda M. Perak*, Irwin Benuck

*Corresponding author for this work

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The origins of cardiovascular disease are at the beginning of life, and national guidelines recommend evaluation for cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity and hypertension as part of general pediatric care. In this review, a simple plan is proposed for clear and consistent monitoring and messaging throughout childhood, based on the American Heart Association’s “cardiovascular health” construct. A framework is provided for age-appropriate scoring of the cardiovascular health components, including diet,physical activity and screen time, sleep, smoking exposure, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.Guidance is provided for evidence-based,efficient interventionbypediatric clinicians to preserve or restore cardiovascular health.Finally,anticipated near-term advances in pediat-ric cardiovascular health promotion are previewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e479-e486
JournalPediatric annals
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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