March 4, 2013, HealthDay
Teaching children heart healthy habits now can help protect them from heart disease when they’re adults, an expert says.
“The process of atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries and is known to cause heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death, has been shown to begin in early childhood,” Dr. Zachary Stone, a primary-care doctor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release. “It’s important to concentrate on healthy lifestyles in children to prevent adult cardiovascular disease.”
The three heart health areas to watch in children are diet, physical activity levels, and exposure to secondhand smoke. Continue reading