Can the consequences of universal cholesterol screening during childhood prevent cardiovascular disease and thus reduce long-term health care costs?

Steven E. Lipshultz, Judith Schaechter, Adriana Carrillo, Janine Sanchez, Muhammad Yasir Qureshi, Sarah E. Messiah, Eugene R. Hershorin, James D. Wilkinson, Tracie L. Miller

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Abstract

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Expert Panel in the United States (US) recently published its report, Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents. The Panel's goals were to develop comprehensive, evidence-based strategies for use by general practitioners in the primary and primordial prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). These Guidelines have been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many of the recommendations restate existing lifestyle guidance similar to those proposed by the Committee on Nutrition in 2008. However a debate has emerged because for the first time, universal and comprehensive childhood dyslipidemia screening and treatment is now recommended by these new Guidelines. Because of universal screening, dyslipidemia attributed to both lifestyle and genetic factors could potentially be ascertained. The recommendations to screen for serum lipids and glucose have stimulated heated discussions among pediatricians, subspecialists, and policy-makers. This commentary discusses the medical, psychosocial and economic benefits and risks of universal cholesterol screening in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)698-705
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Endocrinology Reviews
Volume9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Child
  • Lipids, screening
  • Prevention, cholesterol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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    Lipshultz, S. E., Schaechter, J., Carrillo, A., Sanchez, J., Qureshi, M. Y., Messiah, S. E., Hershorin, E. R., Wilkinson, J. D., & Miller, T. L. (2012). Can the consequences of universal cholesterol screening during childhood prevent cardiovascular disease and thus reduce long-term health care costs? Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, 9(4), 698-705.