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Heart Disease Risk Factors In Children

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You know what our number one threat is? Heart disease – Louis C K

A parent should try to control the risk factors for heart disease starting from early childhood. This will help reduce your child’s risk of developing heart disease as an adult. But, how do you go about it?

Often, people have a misconception that heart disease strikes only adults and not children. Even though the symptoms of heart disease are not usually seen in children, the silent and deadly build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) starts in childhood itself with disastrous consequences later.

An article relating to heart disease in children in Stanford Children’s Health quotes Ronald Kanter, M.D., associate professor of paediatrics at Duke University, "the seeds of those problems are sown in childhood and adolescence."

Causes of heart disease that begin in childhood:

• Obesity

• Gradual build-up of fat desposits

• Unhealthy cholesterol levels

• High blood pressure

• Diabetes

But, like most similar diseases, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help a child reduce his risk of being affected by heart disease.

The article, Heart Disease Risk Factors for Children and Teenagers, published in Texas Heart Institute, states that certain risk factors play a vital role in developing heart disease. Some of these can be changed and treated, while some cannot.

Some risk factors to control that parents can watch out for in childhood are high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity, and high cholesterol. These will lessen your child’s risk of developing heart disease as an adult.

Heart disease, may also be congenital. It may also be caused by diseases like rubella, diabetes and certain medications.

Know more about how to prevent heart disease from early childhood by going through the pages of this ClipBook. If you liked what you read, click the like button.


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