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New Preventive Cardiology Center Focuses on Early Intervention

By on December 16, 2013 in Health News Texas with 0 Comments
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A new preventive cardiology center designed to medically manage the risk factors of acquired heart disease in children has opened in Houston. Photo: TCH

by Texas Children’s Hospital Staff

A new preventive cardiology center designed to medically manage the risk factors of acquired heart disease in children has opened in Houston. The center offers multidisciplinary, specialized care for children with these risk factors or who have a strong family history of cardiac disease, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure or the diagnosis of Kawasaki disease.

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“Our goal is to prevent future cardiac disease and events through early intervention,” said Dr. Kristen Sexson Tejtel, pediatric cardiologist, Center for Preventive Cardiology. Photo: TCH

The Center for Preventive Cardiology at Texas Children’s Heart Center manages the care of children diagnosed with hyperlipidemia or abnormal lipid levels, high blood pressure and Kawasaki disease. The team also treats children with liver disease, obesity, diabetes or metabolic syndrome that directly causes patients to have lipid or blood pressure abnormalities.

“Our goal is to prevent future cardiac disease and events through early intervention,” said Dr. Kristen Sexson Tejtel, pediatric cardiologist, Center for Preventive Cardiology. “If we can educate patients and families about issues early on, they can better care for their disease.”

Sexson Tejtel, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), along with Dr. Douglas Moodie, associate chief of pediatric cardiology at Texas Children’s and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM, and Constance Cephus, a nurse practitioner, serve as the clinic’s primary providers.

A multidisciplinary team of specialists having an expertise in pediatric cardiology, heart disease prevention, physical activity, nephrology, endocrinology and nutrition sees patients at Texas Children’s West Tower, as well as at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Each designated day of clinic focuses on one particular disease, allowing patients to be seen by all necessary specialists during one visit to the hospital.

“The collaborative approach to care in our clinic is specifically designed to provide our patients with the care they need in one location, during one appointment,” added Sexson Tejtel. “The added stress of scheduling follow up visits with multiple providers is now eliminated.”

Texas Children’s Heart Center has been a pioneering leader in cardiac care for more than 50 years, treating more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects and performing more than 800 surgeries annually. The Heart Center team has been responsible for the development of many of the now-standard procedures and therapies related to the diagnosis and treatment of children in need of cardiac care.


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