Report on cholesterol screening in children still controversial

In the New York Times “Well” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes about the “Summary Report of the Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents,” which addresses the question: “What do we know about how the hearts of children become the hearts of adults?”

A “panel, convened by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, reviewed numerous research studies and suggested new clinical guidelines for monitoring – and improving – cardiovascular health in childhood.”

Klass writes that “one recommendation in particular has been the subject of much controversy within the pediatric profession: that pediatricians screen all children for cholesterol by doing a blood test in 9- to 11-year-olds.”

Since the release of the report over a year ago, several researchers have questioned this guidance; however, I’m not one of them. I think, as I’ve blogged before, this is a good recommendation.

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