Risk factors for coronary artery disease in children of affected families

Sidney Blumenthal, Mary Jane Jesse, Charles H. Hennekens, Barbara E. Klein, Pedro L. Ferrer, Janet E. Gourley

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Risk factors for coronary artery disease were present to a greater degree in children of men who had experienced premature myocardial infarction when compared to children of unaffected male parents. Levels of cholesterol and body weight, as well as family history of premature CAD, differed significantly between the groups of children. The chance of identifying a child with hyperlipidemia was three times greater if the father had premature CAD. Data regarding familial aggregation of risk factors for CAD are reviewed and their significance discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1187-1192
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6 PART 2
StatePublished - Dec 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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