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February 2013 • #45
A Note from the Medical Editor

As parents, we always wonder what our children will be like when they “grow up.”  To reduce your child’s risk of developing heart disease as an adult, it is important to instill healthy habits early on. In this newsletter, you’ll learn about the negative effects of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

Remember, all children, even if they do not have a family history of heart disease, should have their cholesterol levels tested between the ages of 9 and 11, and then again between the ages of 17 and 21.

Have a “Heart Healthy” February!

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

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