Teaching Children About Heart Health and Cholesterol

American Heart Association pic

American Heart Association
Image: heart.org

Erol Onel serves as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company in La Jolla, California. Prior to his recent appointment, Erol Onel lent his more than 20 years of clinical and academic experience to three additional pharmaceutical corporations, and served as an assistant professor of urology for the New England Medical Center at Tufts University. Dr. Onel is a supporter of various charities, including the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association’s website offers visitors a range of informative articles on heart health and recognizing signs of distress. An entire resource section is dedicated to keeping children healthy, and includes information on smoking, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol.

The kid-friendly information on cholesterol levels explains that some people are unaware that they have high cholesterol (a waxy compound found in the tissues of the body). Too much cholesterol can build up along the artery walls, leading to heart disease and/or stroke.

Children can monitor their own cholesterol levels and heart health by asking their parents if these conditions run in their family, and encouraging selection of foods low in trans and saturated fats. If a child’s family is prone to heart disease, a doctor may recommend a test that measures cholesterol and determines how easily fats are circulating through the blood.