Children growing up with a medical condition might be at a greater risk for heart disease than healthy children. We don’t know if this is because of their medical condition, or because of lifestyle factors, such as not getting enough exercise, or a combination of both. The goal of The CHAMPION Study is to study heart health, as well as the factors that might affect heart health, in the most common chronic diseases of childhood. This study is funded by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
This study involves 2 visits to the McMaster Children’s Hospital. During the first visit, we will measure the participant’s fitness level, and then we will give them a small device called an accelerometer (roughly the size of an iPod shuffle) to measure their physical activity over the week. During the second visit, we will take a few different measures of heart health.
For this study, we are looking for boys and girls between the ages of 7 to 17 years, who are either healthy (no diagnosed medical conditions), or have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions: