ANCHOR LEAD: MANY CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE A CHOLESTEROL MEASUREMENT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Many children should now have cholesterol screening, the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated. These include kids with a family history of high cholesterol, early heart disease or early cardiac death, and also overweight and obese children. Peter Kwiterovitch, a cholesterol expert at Johns Hopkins, explains why.
KWITEROVITCH: In children from high risk families, where there’s known cholesterol, early heart disease, you may want to screen early to make sure that they follow a proper diet and get exercise, get overweight, but we usually don’t use medication before the age of ten years, simply because most of the early lesions of hardening of the arteries don’t begin until the age of ten years or a little bit thereafter. So it’s a question of being prudent and trying to identify the children that need more attention. :28
The FDA has also recently approved statins to lower cholesterol for use in those children who are determined to need them. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.