Early pediatric lipid screening supports early diagnosis and intervention in FH1

Explore ways to implement pediatric lipid screening in practice.

The importance of early pediatric lipid screening

Lipid screening is recommended in all children aged 9 to 11 years, regardless of health status.1 By initiating lipid screening at a young age, HCPs can proactively identify children who​ may be at risk from FH or other lipid disorders.1

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Pediatric lipid screening in the US

View or download the PDF on the importance of early pediatric lipid screening. Use this to support your discussion with patients.

Pediatric lipid screening in the US

Despite guideline recommendations, pediatric lipid screening rates are low.


Overcoming barriers to implementing pediatric lipid screening:
A recent approach to pediatric lipid screening

Dr Don P. Wilson, MD, FNLA, and Dr Jason V. Terk, MD, share their experience of overcoming barriers to implementing pediatric lipid screening in clinical practice.

Hear their conversation below.

Guidelines and recommendations​

Further reading for more information on pediatric lipid screening and FH diagnosis.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Guidelines for cardiovascular health and risk reduction in children and adolescents

Guidelines recommend lipid screening for all children aged between 9 and 11 years. Screening may be performed as early as age 2 if there is a family history of high blood cholesterol levels, heart attack, or stroke.5

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The American Heart Association: The agenda for familial hypercholesterolemia

Recommendations for heterozygous FH and homozygous FH diagnosis​.6

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  1. McGowan MP et al. J Am Heart Assoc 2019;8:e013225. 

  2. National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK395583/ (accessed August 2023). 

  3. de Ferranti S et al. J Pediatr 2017;185:99–105. 

  4. Berger JH et al. J Am Heart Assoc 2022;11:e024197. 

  5. Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics 2011;128:S213–S256. 

  6. Gidding SS et al. Circulation 2015;132:2167–2192.