In our Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic (PPCC) at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, we specialize in the care of children with risk factors for early heart disease, with special attention to abnormal cholesterol. Our team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nutritionists and medical assistants. We seek to reduce or eliminate risk factors in children in order to prevent heart disease in adulthood. We use nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and medical treatment of severely high cholesterol, if needed.
Familial HypercholesterolemiaFamilial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited form of high cholesterol that results in an increased risk of early heart disease. Diagnosing FH at a young age through a cholesterol blood test is important, because the treatment works best when started early - before too much extra cholesterol in the blood vessel walls builds up. Learn more about FH diagnosis and treatment | From our blog: Why Should I Get My Child's Cholesterol Checked?
High TriglyceridesMany things affect your child's chances of having heart disease as an adult. Some risk factors, such as family history, cannot be changed, but some can. Triglycerides are fats found in your food. Your liver can make them from extra calories and sugars in your diet. They are also found in extra body fat. When triglycerides levels are high, HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels tend to be low. Learn more about managing high triglycerides in kids
Pediatric Preventive Cardiology TeamOur Pediatric Preventive Cardiology team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nutritionists and medical assistants. In addition to seeing patients at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, we also see patients in Wausau, Oshkosh, Green Bay and the Milwaukee area (Wauwatosa). Meet our team