As a pediatric cardiologist, I can assure you that forming heart-healthy habits will make a difference in your child’s life. Eating less fast food and decreasing time spent in front of a screen (TV or computer) are two very easy habits to start right now.
Check out this infographic on heart health for kids. Can you believe that for every 25 pounds of excess weight, the body needs to pump blood through an extra 5,000 miles of blood vessels? Wow! That’s about the same distance between Milwaukee and Moscow.
I hope you and your kids will start down the road of good heart health today.
- Margaret Samyn, MD, pediatric cardiologist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; and professor, Pediatric Cardiology, the Medical College of Wisconsin
Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the nation’s top programs for medical and surgical treatment of congenital heart defects and heart disease in children.