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Experts in Improving the Health of Kids for a Lifetime

Children’s heart disease is on the rise, and Nemours is aiming to help kids and families prevent it. 

We used to think of lifestyle-related heart disease as mostly an adult problem. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 in 25 youths aged 12–19 have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease.

Your child’s diet, exercise and lifestyle habits can have a huge impact on their heart health now and in the future. Our team of pediatric cardiologists helps kids learn about heart disease. We work with the whole family to create a plan to keep heart problems from developing.

Nemours is committed to understanding all the factors that affect children’s health. We’re here to help kids make heart-healthy choices today, so they can have healthier tomorrows.

Find Preventive Cardiology Care From Nemours

We have multiple preventive cardiology specialists and locations — find the care closest to you:

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Featured Doctor

Meet Carissa M. Baker-Smith, MD, MPH, Director of Preventive Cardiology at Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware. Influencing and improving the long-term health of children is what inspires her every day.

Conditions & Treatments

We see a wide range of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Obesity and weight problems

Leaders in Preventing Heart Disease in Children

Serving communities in both the Delaware region and Florida, we provide heart care and education to children and families.

  • We take a kid-friendly approach to cardiac testing. We test kids’ hearts in advanced and non-invasive ways. 
  • We do outpatient blood pressure monitoring. We cater to family’s needs by offering blood pressure and other testing at home. 
  • We offer nutritional counseling and education. We help children and families analyze meals and habits, so they feel empowered to make healthy choices.
  • We can answer questions about genetics and heart disease. We offer heart-related genetic counseling with a certified genetic counselor, for heart conditions affected by genes.
  • We offer care throughout the region in the areas we serve. We have a large network of Nemours cardiologists, collaborating cardiologists, and other specialists in every community we serve.
  • 2 Nationally known cardiac centers, in Delaware and Florida
  • 8 Preventive cardiology experts on our team
  • 3 Number of national guidelines our cardiac leaders have helped create

All About Heart Health

Get the basics on everything from keeping your child's heart healthy to the heart problems that can affect kids. Visit the heart health center created by the experts at Nemours KidsHealth.org.

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We Make It Easy With Online Video Visits

For your convenience, families can see a preventive cardiology specialist with our easy-to-use telemedicine option. We discuss genetic screening, managing lipid problems, and follow-up issues like results of home testing and blood tests.

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