Children With Heart Disease Risk Factors Should Get Preventive Treatment

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Heart Disease Prevention

Children with risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol levels already show signs of fatty build-up in their arteries that could lead to heart attack in adulthood, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2006.

"Primary prevention of heart disease must start in childhood," said Sanaz Piran, M.D., internal medicine resident at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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