Primordial Prevention – Don’t Forget the Children

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, The National Lipid Association, and The American Academy of Pediatrics all currently recommend that all children between the ages of 9 and 11 be screened for high cholesterol. Thomas Seery and his colleagues recently reported on a retrospective chart audit of lipid profiles performed at Texas Children’s Pediatric Associations’ clinics during routine physical exams on 9-11 year olds between January 2010 and July 2013. Investigators found that 4,709 (i.e. 30%) of the 12,712 children with screening cholesterol levels, had either borderline high or high total cholesterol levels. The authors concluded that “efforts to educate primary care providers regarding recommendations for universal screening in the pre-adolescent population are needed to prevent under diagnosis.”

Reference: Seery T. Session 1259. Abstract 138. Presented at American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions; March 29-31, 2014; Washington, D.C.

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