Today, pediatric cholesterol screening is not universally administered in the United States. Dr. Amy Peterson shared best practices for engaging pediatricians within the UW Health system, boiling it down to
“teach and make it easy to screen.”
The system has a 58% total screening rate which has improved through:
- Education including grand rounds and materials
- Modifying the EHR system to simplify ordering
- Ensuring labs use the right reference ranges
"Outside of this room, practitioners and parents do not look at a child and think they could be at risk for heart disease. They need data to drive that decision-making."
– Amy L. Peterson, MD
The renowned Dr. Nanette Wenger highlighted her “Operator’s Manual for the Heart,” a shared decision-making tool for women and heart disease. Importantly, she stressed the management of other risk factors for heart disease including smoking cessation, diet and exercise.
"Individuals with FH are not immune from other risk factors."
– Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC