Preventive Cardiology

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Over the past few decades, the childhood obesity epidemic has made it more important than ever for children to be screened for risk factors of adult heart disease. Our Nemours pediatric preventive cardiology experts can evaluate and offer guidance for kids of all ages dealing with conditions that could put them at risk for heart problems, such as obesity and diabetes.

 
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Children’s eating, exercising and lifestyle habits today can have a huge impact, positive and negative, on their health down the road. Pinpointing and addressing possible problems early on can keep kids from having big health issues (such as strokes, heart attacks and heart disease) as adults.

That’s where our Nemours preventive cardiology experts come in. We evaluate and offer guidance for kids of all ages dealing with conditions that could put them at risk for heart issues (especially atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries) including:

  • weight problems or obesity
  • high blood pressure (also called hypertension)
  • diabetes
  • high (elevated) cholesterol

Our experts can perform a complete cardiovascular risk evaluation and if your child is at risk, develop a personalized management plan that includes practical ways (like changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle) to reduce your child’s likelihood of future cardiovascular disease. And our preventive cardiologists work along with your child’s primary care doctor to help your child grow into a healthy adult.

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Middletown

200 Cleaver Farm Road, Suite 201
Middletown, DE 19709
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For Appointments: (302) 378-5100
Fax: (302) 378-5106

Hours: One to two Tuesdays per month, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (call for availability)

 
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  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Middletown is a pediatric specialty care office where you and your child can access our renowned pediatric preventive cardiology care — close to your home. Our expert, board-certified pediatric cardiologists from the Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., come to our practice for your convenience.

We’re committed to keeping children healthy and helping them live long, disease-free lives. That’s why we focus on the prevention of heart problems that can occur in adults as a result of being overweight or obese — such as high blood pressure, increased cholesterol level, diabetes and coronary artery disease (narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart).

What to Expect at Your Child's Appointment

At every office visit, we measure height, weight and blood pressure to screen for obesity and hypertension. We may also order blood tests at your child’s visit to check for elevated cholesterol levels. Sometimes, these issues are inherited, so we’ll explore your child’s family history to understand your child’s risk and develop an individualized treatment plan for your child’s long-term health.

We see babies, kids and teens for appointments ranging from initial consultations to diagnostic testing to surgical follow-ups.

We'll put it all together to develop a management plan designed to reduce the likelihood of future cardiovascular disease. Our Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Middletown preventive cardiology experts will formulate diet counseling and an appropriate exercise plan for your child, and devise a treatment plan that’s individualized for optimum success for your child’s specific needs. We may even consult with other Nemours professionals, including diet and nutrition experts. We’ll also help and prepare you to put the recommendations into practice. Our physicians and other health professionals are all committed to improving and maintaining your child’s health and preventing future problems.

Specific Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Conditions We Treat Include:

  • hypercholesterolemia (increased cholesterol level in the blood)
  • elevated LDL (that’s the “bad cholesterol”)
  • elevated triglycerides (fats in the blood that store energy until the body needs it — too many triglycerides can clog blood vessels and cause health problems)
  • familial hypercholesterolemia (or “FH,” for short, a genetic condition that may run in families and can cause heart attacks at a young age)
  • high blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”)

Preventive Cardiology at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Middletown

The cardiologists and staff at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Middletown are experts in the area of preventive heart medicine. We can perform a complete cardiovascular risk evaluation of your child. If your child is struggling with obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, we can develop a management plan to reduce the likelihood of future cardiovascular disease.

Nationally Recognized Excellence in Pediatric Cardiology

Whenever you see any of our pediatric cardiologists at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Middletown, know that you’re getting the very best in heart care for kids. In fact, our pediatric cardiologists are part of the world-renowned Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children — ranked among the nation’s best in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

For Additional Pediatric Cardiology Care

We also provide a comprehensive array of other pediatric cardiology services in the Nemours Cardiac Center at our duPont Hospital for Children. If your child needs further testing and/or treatment, we may refer you to our cardiac center or another recommended health care provider nearby.

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