MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Amanda Marma Perak, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Blood cholesterol is a critical initiator of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries that can lead to heart attack in adulthood. It is well established that these changes in the blood vessels occur already in childhood. Thus, it is important to know the status of cholesterol levels in youth to inform public health efforts aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease in the population.
In the US there have been changes in childhood obesity prevalence (which may worsen cholesterol levels), the food supply (such as reduction of trans fats which may improve cholesterol levels), and other factors in recent years.
We therefore designed a study to examine trends in cholesterol levels among youth in recent years.