Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines by recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and if necessary the use of cholesterol lowering drugs to help prevent adult heart problems. The recommendations call for cholesterol screening of children starting as early as age two and no later than age ten.
The academy says under the current guidelines 30 to 60 percent of children with high cholesterol were being missed. Some children are prone to developing high cholesterol because of their family history for heart disease and if lifestyle changes don’t work in lowering lipid levels, drug treatment or statins should be considered for children eight years and older with bad cholesterol.
Dr. Gordon Ewy, head of the UA Sarver Heart Center discusses what the guidelines mean and what he thinks about them.