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October 1989

YOU ARE A PREVENTIVE CARDIOLOGIST: THE SCOPE OF PEDIATRIC PREVENTIVE

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(10):1145. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150220035016
Abstract

The excitement of pediatric preventive cardiology arises from its magnitude. When one becomes involved in the practice of preventive cardiology, its relationship to general good health becomes self-evident. You have been trained as preventive cardiologists. Until now you have just not focused your activities on an organ system. Historically, pediatricians' natural bailiwick has been preventive medicine and public health. Pediatricians have always been interested in childhood nutrition; they have led the good fight against smoking and have encouraged children to be physically active. Prudent diet, physical activity, and nonsmoking are the pillars of the practice of preventive cardiology. The only difference between what pediatricians did and are beginning to do under the rubric of preventive cardiology is that they are now targeting their advocacy on an organ disease process.

The prevention or deferment of the symptomatic phase of chronic disease is dependent on the teaching and implementation of healthy life-styles

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