Preventive Cardiology Clinic

Certain genetic factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a history of obesity can increase the risk of heart disease in children. At the Preventive Cardiology Clinic, our goal is to identify these risks early and build a specialized plan that will help your child avoid serious heart concerns later in life.

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About Us 

The Preventive Cardiology Clinic believes in focusing on family education to help children live a more heart-healthy lifestyle. We emphasize the need for patients to change to a heart-healthy diet and for families to increase their daily exercise time in a safe environment. We strive to involve the entire family to create a family-based program. Here are some helpful tips.

Our specialty trained preventive cardiologists work with dietitians, exercise physiologists, and other specialties to make sure your child’s care path is as comprehensive as possible.

Patient Evaluation at the Preventive Cardiology Clinic Includes

  • Physical Exam
  • Height and Weight/BMI
  • Blood pressure
  • Assessment of risk factors in the family history

Parents and Health Care Workers Should

  • Be a positive role model/be supportive
  • Get the whole family involved
  • Limit sedentary time/increase physical activities
  • Set specific goals and realistic expectations
  • Celebrate good behavior with healthy foods
  • Be an advocate for healthier children

Meet Our Team

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Andrew H. Tran

Andrew Tran, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Omar M. Khalid

Omar Khalid, MD, FAAP, FACC, is a pediatric cardiologist at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Conditions We Treat

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High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty yellow substance made by your liver from the fats, carbohydrates and proteins in the food you eat. There are two important types of cholesterol. One is LDL or "bad" cholesterol. The other is HDL or the "good" cholesterol.

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, means that there is higher than normal pressure inside the arteries either during systole (when the heart contracts and pumps blood through the body), or during diastole (when the heart relaxes and fills with blood).

Our Locations

Chillicothe Close To Home Center

Chillicothe

  • 4439 State Route 159
    Adena Medical Center, Suite G10
    Chillicothe, OH 45601

Resources for Families

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Motivation Minute Videos

From eating a healthy breakfast to packing a healthy lunch and more, the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition shares information on healthy eating, tips and advice in our Motivation Minute video series.

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Time for 10!

Time For 10! is a series of five, ten-minute exercise videos designed for daily use in K-5 classrooms. The program seeks to make guided exercise easy and accessible to Ohio schools, thereby improving students’ health and classroom productivity.

Meal Planning: Healthy Weight and Nutrition

MyPlate can help you eat healthy by showing which foods and how much of each should be on your plate at mealtimes.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

Patient Referrals

Primary care providers should refer if:

  • The patient has a family history of high cholesterol, or
  • A family member has had an early cardiovascular event, or
  • There is an abnormally elevated fasting lipid profile and further evaluation and possible medical therapy is indicated

Children are evaluated at the Preventive Cardiology Clinic for several reasons and can be referred by their pediatrician or primary care physician when:

  • They have a family history of high cholesterol, or
  • A family member has had an early cardiovascular event, or
  • There is an abnormally elevated fasting lipid profile and further evaluation and possible medical therapy is indicated

For children ages 2 – 10 years, initial lipid profile testing is recommended as an aspect of preventive pediatric care. We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation for fasting lipid profiles, which includes testing of:

  • Triglyceride level (based on what they eat)
  • Total cholesterol (based on what a child inherits from family and what they eat)
  • HDL-C (“good” cholesterol)
  • LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol)

Download Lipid Screening Guidelines in Children and Adolescents

Download Pediatric Hypertension Practice Tool

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Referral resources at your fingertips. Because when your patient needs a pediatric specialist, everything matters.

Conditions We Treat

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