The prevention/hyperlipidemia clinic provides an integrated, family-centered approach to caring for children and adolescents at risk for developing heart and blood vessel disease.
Heart and blood vessel disease often begins in childhood and adolescence, only to become more apparent by causing heart attacks or strokes in young adulthood.
Approximately one in 500 children have familial hypercholesterolemia, the most common cause of high blood cholesterol in children. High blood pressure affects about one in 100 children.
In North Carolina alone, more than 18,000 young people are at risk for early heart disease because of high blood pressure, and 3,700 are at risk for early heart disease because of high cholesterol.
If proper nutrition and exercise are not enough for the patients, the pediatric cardiologists who staff this clinic have the knowledge and expertise to use medications to control high blood pressure and cholesterol levels in pediatric patients.
Lesley Stanford (Pediatric Nutritionist) and Maura Klavins, RN, help direct this pediatric service.
Initial referrals to the Duke Children’s Heart Program are generally made by your child’s primary care physician. To make an appointment, please call 919-668-4000.
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