US paediatricians and cardiologists are criticised for recommending statins for children

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a813
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    A storm of criticism has arisen after the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association decided to recommend statins for children as young as 8 years old with high lipid concentrations and for those as young as 2 years old with major cardiovascular risk factors.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new clinical report, replacing one from 1998. It said that doctors should measure cholesterol concentrations in children aged 2 years and over and should treat children with high concentrations with statins, probably for life (Pediatrics 2008;122:198-208). The report echoed last year’s report by the American Heart Association (Circulation 2007;115:1948-67).

    Timothy Gardner, president of the American Heart Association, said that atherosclerosis begins in childhood. “The earlier we …

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