The Wellness of our children

Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, and Obesity

Written by Dr. Dimitrios Papavassiliou


The incidence of obesity has dramatically increased in the pediatric population over the last 2 decades. This is mostly due to poor dietary habits as well as to children’s inactivity, partially due to the recent advancements in technology and electronics, and their widespread use by our youth. As a consequence, we see more children now with mild or significant hypertension as well as with high cholesterol levels, compared to a generation ago. All of the above create a high risk for these children to develop severe obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as severe cardiovascular disease during adult life, including coronary artery disease and stroke.

As people use to say: ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ Here at our Pediatric Cardiology offices in Middletown, NY we take a comprehensive approach in diagnosing these illnesses using all the appropriate tests, in order to make sure that there are no significant consequences already existing in your child. Our goal is to treat, control and ultimately diminish the adverse effects that obesity, hyperlipidemia and hypertension may have onto the cardiovascular system of our young patients. Additionally, we offer advice and strive to promote preventative measures that will help reduce the incidence of these illnesses in our children, including (but not limited to) following a healthy diet, increasing their exercise level and getting into an healthy lifestyle that they would follow throughout their lives.