At Corrielus Cardiology, we value the importance of recognizing the symptoms and conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease. Metabolic syndrome is an example. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of symptoms, often including high blood pressure, increased blood sugars, excess abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol levels. These symptoms have an undeniable effect on the heart's ability to function properly. Metabolic syndrome also multiplies a person's risk for stroke and diabetes as well.
Symptoms & Causes of Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is often found in obese individuals or those that have insulin resistance. If you have a large waist circumference and have been diagnosed with elevated triglycerides, high blood sugar or high blood pressure, you need to be evaluated for metabolic syndrome before it affects your heart or leads to stroke and diabetes.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we take an integrative approach to your heart health. This includes assessing your lifestyle habits, family history and overall health symptoms to determine your risk factors. When it comes to metabolic syndrome, your diagnosis can be guided by a series of lab tests, including cholesterol and fasting blood sugar, as well as taking your blood pressure and weight.
Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome
Dr. Corrielus is a leading non-invasive cardiologist in Philadelphia who helps patients avoid heart disease by managing their specific risk factors. While there are some contributing factors that can't be changed, such as a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance or your race and gender, there are many lifestyle factors that can be altered to treat metabolic syndrome and its associated risks on your overall health. Diet, exercise and weight loss have a dramatic effect on treating metabolic syndrome and lowering your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
To learn more about Corrielus Cardiology and our successful approach to metabolic syndrome treatment, please contact our Philadelphia clinic today.