According to the American College of Cardiology, Metabolic syndrome has been called the “perfect storm” when it comes to heart disease risk. It’s a combination of health problems—for example, carrying too much fat around your waist, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar levels and abnormal cholesterol levels—that often occurs together and raises your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. This clustering of risk factors happens because the body has a hard time regulating cholesterol (lipids), certain proteins and sugars (glucose).
It can be worrying to learn that you or a loved one has metabolic syndrome. The upside is that if it is found early, it can serve as an important warning and help put you on a heart-healthier path. Many lifestyle changes, including weight loss, can prevent and even reverse metabolic syndrome, or delay the development of serious health problems.
At Ohio Heart Group, we offer a specialty clinic to specifically address Metabolic Syndrome, where the patient receives a personalized care plan. If we can catch these risk factors early on through tests and a physical exam, and offer a meaningful plan that the patient can reasonably follow, we can help reduce the risk that these patients will go on to develop heart disease and diabetes.
Metabolic Syndrome: The Plain Facts