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December 23/30, 1998

Preventing CHD in Children

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JAMA. 1998;280(24):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.280.24.2067-JQU80009-6-1

Physicians have not been keeping pace with guidelines on detecting and treating risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) in children.

Researchers who conducted the second National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute survey of primary care physicians found that 76% of 1036 physicians surveyed screened children for blood cholesterol levels and nearly all measured blood pressure. Some 71% of the physicians prescribed diet as the first step in lowering cholesterol, and about 16% used cholesterol-lowering drugs. About 25% of the physicians used drugs to lower blood pressure in children.

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