Specialized pediatric heart clinic
Children ages two and older should have their blood cholesterol levels checked if they have a family history of heart disease or heart attack. Children with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, Kawasaki disease, collagen vascular disease or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should also have their blood cholesterol levels checked because these conditions are risk factors for heart disease.
Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Cardiovascular Health Clinic performs a primary screen that measures fasting lipid profiles (including total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides).
Additionally, it is important to evaluate for secondary causes of lipid disorders (such as hypothyroidism, liver or renal dysfunction or certain medications).