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Medical News and Perspectives
November 23/30, 2005

Experts: Target Heart Disease From Birth

JAMA. 2005;294(20):2558-2563. doi:10.1001/jama.294.20.2558

Worried that children are not receiving a healthy diet and are learning lifestyle-related behaviors that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke in adulthood, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new recommendations for feeding and exercise beginning at birth. The guidelines, issued in late September and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, are meant to encourage parents and clinicians to take a “primordial prevention” approach beginning with infancy (Gidding et al. Circulation. 2005;112:2061-2075).