In order to assess the value of family history of premature coronary artery disease as a criterion for coronary risk factor screening, a group of 53 children with such a family history was selected. We determined various coronary risk factors in these children in comparison to 33 controls. Statistically significant differences were observed in apoprotein concentrations but not in concentrations of lipids, lipoproteins or glucose, or in blood pressure or body mass index. The ratio between apoprotein B and apoprotein A1 was the best discriminator between the two groups. The predictive value of family history is more reliable for detecting abnormal apoprotein ratio than for detection of hypercholestero‐lemia. We conclude that if abnormal apoprotein levels during childhood are found to be a valued predictor of premature coronary artery disease, then family history of premature coronary artery disease can be used to select children for determination and assessment of their coronary risk.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics|
|State||Published - Feb 1993|
- coronary risk factors