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Boston, Massachusetts 02115


The purpose of this study is to evaluate levels of inflammatory mediators in children at risk for cardiovascular disease due to family history. We are measuring inflammatory markers in two groups of children and their parents: children with a family history of early atherosclerotic heart disease (cases), and healthy children without such a family history (controls). The design is a cross-sectional study, gathering a fasting blood sample and clinical and behavioral data on children and a parent.

Study summary:

Family history is a well known risk factor for early atherosclerosis. Whether inflammation plays a role in the increased risk of family history is not known. In this prospective single-center study, we are recruiting children with and without a family history of premature atherosclerotic disease, defined as occurring < 55 years in males and <65 years in females. Children are recruited primarily from a pediatric preventive cardiology clinic at Children's Hospital Boston. We measure anthropomorphic characteristics, fasting lipid profiles and inflammatory marker levels, including high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), intracellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), P-selectin, and tumor necrosis factor alpha receptor 2 (TNFαR2). In this sample of high-risk overweight children, Lp(a) and inflammatory markers could reflect cardiovascular risk outside lipid profiles.


Inclusion Criteria: - Age 8-21 years - Parent able to participate - Fasting state - Live locally Exclusion Criteria: - Taking medication that may alter cholesterol levels or inflammatory state - Past or present inflammatory illnesses



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Sarah D. de Ferranti, MD MPH
Children's Hospital Boston

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Location Contact:

Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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