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Heart Healthy Habits for Your Children and their Future
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Peter Aziz, MD

  • Department of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

Rashmi Rao, MD

  • Department of Pediatric Cardiologyl
  • Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

Did you know that some of the most important risk factors that contribute to the development of coronary artery disease and stroke in adults have their origin in childhood? These factors include hypertension, obesity, cholesterol and unhealthy lifestyles. The best medicine is prevention, and as a parent it’s your job to instill heart healthy habits in your child.

Get started with these tips and guidelines from the American Heart Association:
o Be a good role: If your kids see you trying to eat right and getting physically active, they’ll take notice.
o Get the whole family moving: Plan times for everyone to be active together. Take walks, ride bikes or go swimming. Just get active!
o Make dinner time a family time: Everyone develops good eating habits together!
o Stay involved: Be an advocate for your kids. Make sure your children’s pediatrician is monitoring cardiovascular indicators like BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Department of Cardiology and CT Surgery has an outstanding reputation for successfully handling the most complex cases of heart disease in children. Our cardiologists, pediatric heart surgeons and anesthesiologists are among the most highly trained and experienced in the world, and the team is the largest and most experienced in Northern Ohio. In addition to our clinical specialists, we rely on the entire pediatric team to ensure the very best results for our child and adolescent heart patients, including the referring physician, the patient's family, specially-trained cardiac nurses, allied health professionals, social workers and child life specialists.

Our Pediatric Preventive Cardiology and Metabolic Clinic is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians, exercise physiologists and other healthcare professionals who take a comprehensive approach to preventing the onset or progression of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions in high-risk patients. Our team works with families to create individualized programs to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Dr. Aziz completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2010 and continued his training there in pediatric electrophysiology. During his fellowship, Dr. Aziz was awarded a training grant under the National Institute of Health (NIH) to investigate genotype and phenotype correlations in pediatric patients with long QT syndrome. Dr. Aziz also acquired skills in catheter ablation of pediatric arrhythmias and device (pacemaker and ICD) implantation. Following his fellowship, Dr. Aziz joined the Cleveland Clinic as a pediatric electrophysiologist. He is active in the training and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, an activity that continuously inspires him. Dr. Aziz is also quite active in research and was the recent recipient of the SADS 2011 Young Investigator Award for his work on long QT syndrome.

Dr. Rao completed her high school and college education in the Cleveland area and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She attended medical school at The Ohio State University. She completed her Pediatric residency at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at UCSD Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA. She returned to Cleveland for an Advanced Non-Invasive Imaging fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and has since joined the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Cardiology Staff. She has a special interest in echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, and preventive cardiology.

Join Dr. Aziz and Dr. Rao as they answer your questions about heart healthy habits for your entire family and help you identify factors that could put your child at risk for future heart disease or related issues.

This Health Chat will open on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.