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Heart Health (Topic Center)

Your Child's Heart

Get the basics on everything from keeping your child's heart healthy to some of the heart problems that can affect kids. To start, it helps to learn how the heart works.

The Heart

Heart Health

What's a great way to keep your child's heart healthy? Encourage healthy eating and exercise!


High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which has its roots in childhood.

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Though too much fat can be unhealthy, some kinds of fat are good for us and are an important part of a healthy diet.

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Your Child's Weight

"What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.

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Cardiac FAQs

  • Having a heart murmur means that the blood makes an extra noise as it flows through the heart. Most murmurs are normal. Sometimes a murmur happens because of a problem in the heart.

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  • Cardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle gets too thick, too thin, or too stiff. This makes it hard to pump blood through the body.

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  • If you need to take your child's pulse, there are different ways to do it depending on your child's age.

    How to take your child's pulse