Preventive Cardiology for Children

What Is Preventive Cardiology?

The Preventive Cardiology Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital assists with clinical management regarding the assessment and risk reduction of select pediatric populations at high risk for premature cardiovascular disease (CVD).

It aims to help children with traditional risk factors for CVD, high-risk conditions, and those with congenital or acquired heart and vascular anomalies that make the young heart more vulnerable to accelerated arteriosclerosis. Our goal: To reduce premature heart disease in these young patients.

How do I know if my child is at risk? 

Risk factors for CVD

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Dyslipidemias

Important high-risk conditions

  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic inflammatory conditions

Lipids

  • Kids with familial hypercholesterolemia (theFHfoundation.org)
  • Kids with a combined dyslipidemia of obesity
  • Kids with elevated lipoprotein (a).

Hypertension (HTN)

  • White coat HTN
  • Essential HTN

We work collaboratively with other programs and departments at UPMC Children's Hospital, including Endocrine Wellness, Nutrition Counseling, and the Pediatric Hypertension Clinic.

Referral Requirements for Preventive Heart Care

We require referrals from primary care doctors or other UPMC Children’s Hospital specialists for preventive heart care. If you're enrolled in a managed care insurance plan, you may need approval from both your insurer and doctor.

We must receive all required forms before your child's visit.

Contact us

For up-to-date provider numbers, appointments, or more details, call one of our locations in the tab below.

Doctors

Locations

  • Preventive Cardiology

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    412-692-5540
  • Children's North

    2599 Wexford Bayne Rd.
    Sewickley, PA 15143
    412-692-7337
  • Children's Specialty Care Center Johnstown

    865 Eisenhower Blvd.
    Johnstown, PA 15904
    814-266-8840