In accordance with the recommendations by an expert panel from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes, CMG will now be screening patients in select age groups for cholesterol levels. Children will be tested between ages 9-11 and again between ages 17-21.
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in men and women and it begins in childhood with the development of atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). The development and progression of atherosclerosis relates to the number and intensity in childhood. By determining which children are at the greatest risk we can begin interventions such as lifestyle changes, more frequent monitoring and, occasionally, medication to lessen the chance of developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
Our office test is simple. The patient does not need to fast. Blood is taken from a fingerstick sample. Those with high results will be referred for a fasting lipid panel at an outpatient blood-drawing facility. Based on the fasting lipid results and other risk factors such as family history, blood pressure, smoking and weight, recommendations can be made to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
The Children’s Medical Group of Greenwich