Texas Children's Heart Center is proud to announce the opening of the Center for Preventive Cardiology, which is designed to medically manage the risk factors of acquired heart disease in children. The center is the only one of its kind in Texas that offers multidisciplinary, specialized care for children with these risk factors or who have a strong family history of cardiac disease, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure or the diagnosis of Kawasaki disease. For more information about the Center for Preventive Cardiology visit texaschildrens.org/preventivecardiology.
The Center for Preventive Cardiology manages the care of children diagnosed with hyperlipidemia or abnormal lipid levels, high blood pressure and Kawasaki disease. Additionally, the team also treats children with liver disease, obesity, diabetes or metabolic syndrome that directly causes patients to have lipid or blood pressure abnormalities.
"Our goal is to prevent future cardiac disease and events through early intervention," said Dr. Kristen Sexson Tejtel, pediatric cardiologist, Center for Preventive Cardiology. "If we can educate patients and families about issues early on, they can better care for their disease."
Sexson Tejtel, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), along with Dr. Douglas Moodie, associate chief, pediatric cardiology at Texas Children's and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, and Constance Cephus, nurse practitioner, serve as the clinic's primary providers. Patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team of specialists who have expertise in pediatric cardiology, heart disease prevention, physical activity, nephrology, endocrinology and nutrition. Each designated day of clinic focuses on one particular disease, allowing patients to be seen by all necessary specialists during one visit to the hospital.