You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health . . . or a lifetime of heart damage.
Some of the preventable causes of adult heart disease that begin in childhood are:
- Buildup of plaque (or fat deposits) in the arteries
- Unhealthy changes in cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
Although it’s true that heart disease risk can run in families, a healthy diet can help every child reduce heart disease risk. If heart disease does run in your child’s family, talk with your child’s health care provider about whether to have your child’s cholesterol and blood pressure measured regularly, in addition to watching weight.
Join Holy Redeemer's Cardiovascular Center and Macy's Neshaminy for a FREE Heart Healthy Expo Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be plenty of fun and games for kids, and of course, lots of heart healthy information!
To learn more about heart health or Cardiovascular Care at Holy Redeemer, visit holyredeemer.com/cardiovascularcare.
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