With the rate of childhood obesity rising nationwide, children are at greater risk of developing chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease later in life. Children with a family history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity or heart disease may be at an even greater risk of these conditions due to genetic factors.
The Pediatric Preventative Cardiology Program at Cohen Children’s Heart Center works with pediatricians, schools and community health organizations to identify and treat the risks of future heart disease in children. The program includes pediatric cardiologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, pediatricians, dietitians and social workers, all dedicated to reducing the risk factors of cardiovascular disease in children.
The program is one of only a few in the region that offers a service specifically targeted to preventing cardiovascular disease during childhood. Through this program, we screen children for their future risk of heart disease. Based on the tests performed, we create an individualized care plan with the child’s primary care pediatrician. The plan draws on the expertise of our nutritionists, behavioral health professionals, exercise specialists and preventive cardiology team. We recommend improvements to your child’s diet, exercise and behavioral routines, and if necessary, medication to lower cholesterol.
Expert, multidisciplinary care. It takes a village to keep children healthy. We work with pediatric endocrinologists, nutritionists, dietitians, weight management specialists, gastroenterologists and general pediatricians to develop a comprehensive care plan for your child based on their particular risk factors. Whether it’s creating a weight-loss plan or just teaching your child about the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise, we are committed to teaching children healthy habits that can last their whole lives.
Family-centered care. A child cannot change habits without support. Through our preventive cardiology program, we work with their whole family to address the lifestyle choices that could lead to future cardiovascular disease. We help with meal planning, give tips on getting active and engaged, and can connect interested family members to diet, nutrition and weight loss services offered throughout Northwell Health.
Commitment to research. The medical field has made strides in understanding how a child’s heart is affected by genetics, the environment and personal habits. But there is much more to learn. Through basic science and clinical research, we are able to continuously improve the care that is available to children that are at risk for cardiovascular disease.