New guidelines due out this weekend are expected to recommend that more children get a screening test for high cholesterol before they reach puberty.
More than 10 percent of children and teens have high cholesterol, and half of them will go on to have it as adults. That raises their risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks.
Guidelines from a leading pediatrics group now advise screening just kids with a family history of early heart disease or risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure. But many doctors feel that is missing too many kids with high cholesterol.
The guidelines, from experts appointed by the federal government, will be presented at an American Heart Association conference on Sunday.