Preventive Cardiology
Preventive Cardiology

Preventive Cardiology


The Preventive Cardiology program at Children’s Mercy Hospital was established in 2005 by Dr. Geetha Raghuveer, and is a part of the Ward Family Heart Center. This program is designed to benefit children who are at an increased risk for early cardiovascular disease (heart attack or stroke), due to abnormal lipid or cholesterol levels and/or a significant family history. Our treatment approach aims to modify lifestyle habits prior to starting medications. 

About your visit

At least one week before your appointment, your child will have labs drawn, in order for the results to be available for review during the appointment.

During your visit, you will meet with members of our team, including a cardiologist/nurse practitioner, a dietician, and an exercise physiologist. These team members will work with you and your child to develop a customized plan of care. 

After the age of 10 years, your child may also have imaging done during the visit. This can include an echocardiogram, a neck (carotid) scan, and a pulse wave velocity exam. 

A typical visit will last between 2 to 3 hours.  

Meet our team »

Preventive Cardiology resources

Our program is focused on coaching patients and their families to make lifestyle improvements to improve their overall health. 

Frequently asked questions »

Nutrition

Eating well can have a significant impact on reducing cardiovascular risk. Learn more about how to choose healthy foods, and how to avoid ones that may cause problems. 

Heart healthy nutrition »

Physical activity

Physical activity, exercise, and limited sedentary time are important to living a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about physical activity.

Heart healthy physical activity »

Research

To help advance the practice of pediatric preventative cardiology, our team actively participates in research.

Preventive Cardiology research publications »

For providers

Referral Criteria for the Preventive Cardiology Clinic:

Total Cholesterol greater than 220 mg/dL
-OR-
LDL greater than 130 mg/dL
-OR- 
Triglycerides greater than 200 mg/dL on two separate occasions at least 3 months apart

Please note:

  • A significant family history, without elevated lab values, should be referred to the General Cardiology clinic for initial evaluation.
  • Obesity/increasing body weight, without elevated lab values, does not qualify a patient to be seen in the Preventive Cardiology Clinic. If this is the primary concern, please consider referrals to our Nutrition or Weight Management clinics.

Do you have a patient you believe would benefit from our clinic? Visit our Provider Portal to request a consultation.

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