Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a serious problem in Canada. Incidence of the disease is on the rise, often resulting in disability or death. CVD is also a major cause of rising health care costs.
Although cardiovascular disease (CVD) is something we might associate only with older adults, it is an important health issue for children and their parents. CVD begins in childhood, showing up in early warning signs such as changes in a child's blood pressure, heart rate and weight, before progressing into clinical CVD in adulthood.
Dr. Jennifer McGrath, an Associate Professor in Concordia University's Department of Psychology has made it her mission to research the progression of cardiovascular disease risk factors along the developmental spectrum and assess community prevention efforts using public-health perspectives. Dr. McGrath is Director of the Pediatric Public Health Psychology Lab (www.pphplab.org) and holds the PERFORM Centre Chair in Childhood Preventive Health and Data Science. She studies the impact of unequal incomes on health and how poverty, environment, behaviour, and lifestyle among children and teenagers can lead to heart disease in adulthood.