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Most children with congenital or acquired heart disease do not need a special diet. However, some children with heart problems need to follow dietary guidelines. For example, infants with significant heart problems may have difficulty gaining weight before corrective surgery. These children may need a high calorie formula. Older children with severe heart problems may need to limit the amount of sodium (salt) they eat and/or the amount of liquid they drink.
Today there is a need for all children to improve their diets. Children and adolescents may be obese or have abnormally high cholesterol (fatty substances) in the blood. Obesity complicates the existing heart disease and may cause other health problems. High cholesterol may contribute to the development of coronary artery diseases in later life. If children already have congenital or acquired heart disease, it is important for them to avoid these additional complications.
When special dietary guidelines need to be followed, there are people who can help. Physicians, nurses and dietitians are available to make suggestions.
General recommendations for your family to follow to help avoid high cholesterol are listed below:
If you would like additional information about ways to reduce or limit cholesterol intake, you can contact a registered dietitian at Children’s Hospital.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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