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Scott & White Children’s Cardiovascular Health Clinic

Children ages two and older should have their blood cholesterol levels checked if they have family history of heart disease or heart attack. Children with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, Kawasaki disease, collagen vascular disease, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) should also have their blood cholesterol levels checked, because these conditions are risk factors for heart disease.

The primary screen involves measuring a fasting lipid profile (including total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides). Treatment for a lipid disorder is appropriate lifestyle modifications, namely diet and exercise. A dietitian evaluation can be quite helpful at assuring appropriate recommendations are made.

Additionally, it is important to evaluate for secondary causes of lipid disorders (such as hypothyroidism, liver or renal dysfunction, or certain medications). For more information about the Children’s Cardiovascular Health Clinic, ask your pediatrician for a referral or call 254-724-KIDS (5437).