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Raising Healthy Hearts

Staying ahead of heart disease: Our goal is to help children and families who are facing challenges and health conditions related to weight or abnormal cholesterol levels or who have a family history of heart disease. In addition to cardiologists, our multidisciplinary team includes a metabolic expert, a nutritionist, a behavioral psychologist, a health coach and other health care professionals. They take a comprehensive approach to prevent and slow the progression of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in high risk patients.

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Preventive Cardiology and Metabolic Clinic

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of disease and death in adults. The risk factors that lead to these diseases start in childhood and include abnormal cholesterol, increased weight, hypertension, poor sleep habits, and high-risk lifestyles like lack of exercise, tobacco smoking etc.

It is therefore extremely important to encourage a healthy lifestyle in our children. The goal of Raising Healthy Hearts Program is to help children and families who are facing challenges and health conditions related to weight or abnormal cholesterol levels or have a family history of heart disease.  Our multidisciplinary team includes cardiologists, metabolic expert, nutritionist, behavioral psychologist, health coach and other health care professionals. They take a comprehensive approach to prevent and slow the progression of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in high risk patients.

Our team will work with you to improve the diets and lifestyles of the children and to create individualized programs for each child to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  It is our responsibility to give them the best start for a healthy future.

Criteria for Referral

  • All patients ≤ 18 years of age with any of the following conditions. 
  • BMI > 85th percentile for age.
  • Dyslipidemia
    • Non fasting non-HDL> 145 mg/dl
    • Fasting Total cholesterol > 200 mg/dl
    • Fasting LDL-C >130 mg/dl
    • Fasting Triglycerides > 150 mg/dk
    • HDL < 40 mg/dl
  • Genetic Dyslipidemias such as:
    • Heterozygous/Homozygous familial hyperlipidemia
    • Severe polygenic hypercholesterolemia
    • Familial combined hyperlipidemia.
  • Hypertension
    • Blood pressure > 90th percentile for age, gender and height.
  • Family history of early onset cardiovascular disease in first degree relatives.
  • Sleep related issues like obstructive sleep apnea.

Initial consultation will include the following:

  • Detailed clinical history and focused physical examination.
  • Thorough individual risk factor evaluation.
  • Detailed assessment of family history of cardiovascular/metabolic disease and lipid abnormalities.
  • Paper work for initial lab work will be mailed to the family prior to the visit so that results are available at the time of evaluation.
  • Imaging studies, if indicated.
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Meeting with the cardiologist, metabolic expert and heath coach.
  • Psychological assessment if indicated.

Treatment Plan

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Non-pharmacological approach to dyslipidemia
  • Initiation of lipid-lowering medications if indicated.
  • Nutritional prescription.
  • Exercise prescription
  • Close follow-up plan with the Health coach.
  • Behavioral psychological evaluation if indicated.

Follow-up Plan

  • Close and regular follow-up with physician.
  • Close and regular follow-up with nutritionist.
  • Both out-patient clinic and community follow-up with the Health Coach to ensure steady progress towards exercise goals and best use of available resources in the community.
  • Close and regular follow-up with the behavioral psychologist, if indicated.

To refer patients, please call 617-726-6384

Dyslipidemia: abnormal cholesterol levels.

Hypertension: elevated blood pressure.

Obesity

Obesity increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

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Choosing Better Cereals

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Apps for Better Nutrition

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Heart Healthy Grocery List

Eating foods that are low in saturated fats and trans fats is a good way to keep your heart healthy. In this handout, you will learn some heart healthy foods and how to figure out which foods are heart healthy.

Ideas for Heart-Healthy Exercise

Getting regular exercise is an important way to keep your heart healthy as well as manage excess weight. Exercise can be anything that gets you up and moving

Tips for Heart Healthy Eating

Eating foods that are high in saturated and trans fats might raise your risk of heart disease. One way to lower your risk of heart disease is to make healthy changes to your diet. Here are 5 tips for heart healthy eating.

Understanding Fats

Some fats are better for your body than others. This handout will help you understand healthy and unhealthy fats, the effects that healthy and unhealthy fats have on your body and how much of each fat you should eat every day.

Rethink Your Drink!

Popular drinks like soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, juices and teas have more sugar and calories than your body needs. This handout will tell you how much sugar is in many popular drinks.

Tips for Choosing Healthy Drinks

Choosing drinks that are better for you is a simple step you and your family can take to be healthier. In this handout, you will learn about different healthy drinks and how to choose drinks that are better for you and your family.

Eating Healthy and Exercising During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a joyful time to spend with friends and family, but staying on track with your wellness goals can be difficult this time of year. This handout will give you some helpful tips on how to enjoy the holiday season while still eating healthy and exercising.

Rethink Your Drink!

Popular drinks like soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, juices and teas have more sugar and calories than your body needs. This handout will show you how much sugar is in many popular drinks.

Choosing Better Cereals

Choosing cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar is a good way to keep your heart healthy. In this handout, you will learn about different types of cereal and how to choose a heart healthy cereal.

Apps for Better Nutrition

This handout lists apps for better nutrition and nutrition tracker apps that help you eat healthy, choose healthier foods and stay on track. You can download or purchase these apps for your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Wellness Apps and Videos

Managing stressors and caring for our mental wellbeing is an important part of managing our physical health. Here is a list of free and lower-cost apps and videos that might help you feel a better sense of wellness inside and out.

Apps and Videos for Physical Activity (age 10 and older)

There are lots of physical activity apps that you can use to stay active! Here is a list of free and lower-cost apps and videos that you can use to be active.

Apps and Videos for Physical Activity (age 10 and under)

There are lots of physical activity apps that you can use to stay active! Here is a list of free and lower-cost apps and videos that you can use to be active.

20-Minute Workout Ideas

There are lots of exercises you can do in 20 minutes. Here is a list of workout ideas you can do by yourself or with friends in just 20 minutes!

Practicing Self-Care

Finding activities that help you to relax and recharge is an important part of your health. Whether you like to hike, do yoga, write or dance, here is list of activities you can do to manage stress and take care of yourself.

Raising Healthy Hearts

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
32 Fruit Street
6th floor, Suite D
Boston, MA 02421

Phone: 617-726-3826
Fax: 617-643-9643

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

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