Toward a Roadmap for Best Practices in Pediatric Preventive Cardiology: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association

Amanda M. Perak, Carissa Baker-Smith, Laura L. Hayman, Michael Khoury, Amy L. Peterson, Adam L. Ware, Justin P. Zachariah, Geetha Raghuveer

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Cardiovascular disease risk factors are highly prevalent among youth in the United States and Canada. Pediatric preventive cardiology programs have independently developed and proliferated to address cardiovascular risk factors in youth, but there is a general lack of clarity on best practices to optimize and sustain desired outcomes. We conducted surveys of pediatric cardiology division directors and pediatric preventive cardiology clinicians across the United States and Canada to describe the current landscape and perspectives on future directions for the field. We summarize the data and conclude with a call to action for various audiences who seek to improve cardiovascular health in youth, reduce the burden of premature cardiovascular disease, and increase healthy longevity. We call on heart centers, hospitals, payers, and policymakers to invest resources in the important work of pediatric preventive cardiology programs. We urge professional societies to advocate for pediatric preventive cardiology and provide opportunities for training and cross-pollination across programs. We encourage researchers to close evidence gaps. Last, we invite pediatric preventive cardiology clinicians to collaborate and innovate to advance the practice of pediatric preventive cardiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E000120
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023


  • AHA Scientific Statements
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • delivery of health care
  • health risk behaviors
  • heart disease risk factors
  • pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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