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Sarah de Ferranti, MD MPH, Director, Preventive Cardiology Clinic, Children's Hospital Boston
Heart Health For Children
While cardiovascular disease is rare in children, risk factors present in childhood can greatly increase the likelihood a child will develop heart disease as an adult. In response, new guidelines sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will give health care providers an integrated road map to address all the major cardiovascular risk factors as part of regular well-child visits. Listen to this very important show as we discuss Heart Health for your children.
Sarah de Ferranti MD MPH, trained as a pediatrician and then a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital Boston, joining the staff at Children's Hospital in 2003. In 2005 Dr. de Ferranti became the Director of the Preventive Cardiology Program, where she sees patients for elevated blood pressure and cholesterol issues in Boston and at satellites in Waltham and Lexington. In addition to her role in the Preventive Cardiology Program, she also sees children for general pediatric cardiology issues in the inpatient and outpatient Clinical Cardiology service, and supervises fellow training in these areas. In addition to her clinical time, she is involved in clinical research supported by a K23 NIH career development award through NHLBI focusing on the effect of diet on cardiovascular risk factors in overweight children with hypertension, childhood obesity, the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. In addition to this nutrition study, which involves delivering food and nutrition advice to families at home, current projects involve testing the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on triglyceride levels, and physical activity monitors as lifestyle change agents.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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