This ambitious and long-awaited volume brings together foremost nursing scholars and educators to review and critique the state of nursing research across topics most relevant to current practice. Comprehensive in scope, cogent and truly thought provoking, a book such as the Handbook for Clinical Nursing Research is a must-have shelf reference for every nurse carrying out research or aspiring to conduct research and for those who teach them.

Chapter 17: Lowering Risk for Cardiovascular Disease in Children and Adolescents

Lowering Risk for Cardiovascular Disease in Children and Adolescents

Lowering risk for cardiovascular disease in children and adolescents
Joanne S.Harrell, Barbara J.Speck


Although many nurses are involved in the care of children and in promoting health across the life span, very little nursing research has focused on how to lower children's risk for future heart disease. Pediatric nurses generally focus on the care of sick children or on preventing common childhood diseases. Also, because cardiovascular disease (CVD) does not usually manifest itself until middle or late adulthood, nurses who study cardiovascular diseases have studied adults with heart disease (secondary prevention) or have focused their primary prevention efforts on adults. ...

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