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What Is Cardiometabolic Disease?

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Cardiometabolic disease refers to a group of health conditions that include heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Taken together, the conditions associated with cardiometabolic disease are the leading cause of death in Western nations. Approximately 31% of all global deaths are associated with cardiometabolic disease, and 75% of these occur in low- and middle- income communities.

The impact of cardiometabolic disease is far-reaching. According to research by the pharmaceutical company Merck:

Common Risk Factors of Cardiometabolic Disease

There are a variety of factors that increase your risk of cardiometabolic disease. Most of these comprise a grouping of risk factors referred to as metabolic syndrome and include:

Other cardiometabolic disease risk factors include:

According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, only 6.8% of Americans have optimal cardiometabolic health, as defined by:

What Are the Symptoms and Test Findings of Cardiometabolic Disease?

The symptoms and test findings of cardiometabolic disease often vary based on which body systems are impacted. You may experience a combination of:

If you develop any of these symptoms or test findings or if you exhibit several of the metabolic syndrome risk factors listed above, it’s critical to go for a comprehensive medical assessment. If left untreated, cardiometabolic disease can result in devastating health consequences, many of which can potentially be fatal.

Diagnosing Cardiometabolic Disease

diagnostic testing for cardiometabolic diseaseDiagnosis of this condition involves undergoing cardiometabolic testing, which is conducted by analyzing your blood. This bloodwork goes beyond providing basic health information and instead offers a deep dive into your current cardiovascular and metabolic health by evaluating your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride levels, blood glucose levels and inflammation markers.

You may be a good candidate for cardiometabolic testing if you:

Preventive Measures to Reduce Your Risk of Cardiometabolic Syndrome

Fortunately, there are a variety of lifestyle changes you can make to improve your cardiometabolic health. If your diagnostic testing reveals that you’re at an elevated risk of developing cardiometabolic disease, you can take the following steps to lower your risk:

In addition, hormone therapy may be recommended if hormone imbalances are found to contribute to your elevated risk of cardiometabolic disease. You may also be prescribed certain medications to manage conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol which may increase your risk of cardiometabolic disease.

South Denver Cardiology Can Help You Optimize Your Cardiometabolic Health

The team at South Denver Cardiology Associates will work closely with you to identify the right lifestyle modifications to optimize your cardiometabolic health. Our preventive cardiology clinic offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to determine the specific factors elevating your risk of cardiometabolic disease. Based on your test results, we’ll develop a customized plan to place you on the path to better heart health.

This may include:

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at South Denver Cardiology Associates, serving the South Denver area and Littleton.

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