Children should have blood pressure and cholesterol checked by age of 5BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7354.8/b (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:8
- Janice Hopkins
- Tanne New York
Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, doctors should start promoting cardiovascular health among their patients from birth, an American Heart Association committee said last week.
The committee recommends that doctors aim to increase children's physical activity, prevent or treat obesity, counsel children and their parents, assess insulin resistance as a risk for type II diabetes, check for high blood pressure and high cholesterol concentrations, and prevent cigarette smoking. The guidelines are published in Circulation (2002;106:143-60).
Also last week, Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published a supplement on ways to combat obesity …