The American Heart Association (AHA) has identified a new medical condition that links heart disease to several other health conditions, including kidney disease, diabetes, and obesity. The condition is called cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic syndrome (CKM), and it is defined as a combination of any two of the following conditions:
The AHA estimates that one in three American adults has CKM syndrome. The condition is more common in people who are overweight or obese, have a family history of heart disease, or are African American or Hispanic.
CKM syndrome is a serious condition because it increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. People with CKM syndrome are twice as likely to die from heart disease as people without the condition.
There is no cure for CKM syndrome, but there are things that people can do to manage the condition and reduce their risk of developing complications. These include:
If you have CKM syndrome, it is important to see your doctor regularly for checkups and screenings. Your doctor can help you develop a plan to manage your condition and reduce your risk of complications.
CKM syndrome is important because it is a new way of thinking about the relationship between obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Traditionally, these conditions have been viewed as separate entities. However, CKM syndrome recognizes that these conditions are interconnected and that they share common risk factors.
CKM syndrome is also important because it provides a framework for developing new treatments and prevention strategies. For example, researchers are developing new medications that target multiple aspects of CKM syndrome, such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
There are several things that people can do to reduce their risk of developing CKM syndrome, including:
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