The Combined Impact of Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease is the World's Biggest Health Problem Today

The 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress Brings Together World-Renown

Clinicians to Address this Public Health Crisis

Aug 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cardiometabolic Health Congress

    BOSTON, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading clinicians, medical
 organizations, and the 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress will convene to
 discuss and debate state-of-the-art therapies to prevent type 2 diabetes
 and reduce cardiovascular risk in the growing number of patients at
 increased cardiometabolic risk. The congress will take place October 19-21,
 2006 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, M.A. and will attract
 practicing endocrinology, cardiology and primary care clinicians throughout
 North America.
     "In previous centuries, the major scourges were from acute infectious
 diseases, today, the impact is from the compilation of chronic diseases,
 including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease," according to Jay
 Skyler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the
 University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "The biggest health problem
 facing the world today is from the combined impact of obesity, diabetes,
 and cardiovascular disease."
     An unprecedented group of prestigious medical organizations have joined
 together in support of the 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress - making
 the congress the most comprehensive and influential educational forum
 available to the medical community. These supporters include the American
 Diabetes Association; the American Heart Association (Council on Clinical
 Cardiology, Epidemiology and Prevention, and Council on Nutrition, Physical
 Activity, and Metabolism); The Endocrine Society; American Society of
 Hypertension; American Society of Preventive Cardiology; Preventive
 Cardiology Nursing Association; American College of Preventive Medicine;
 Association of Black Cardiologists; Association of Physician Assistants in
 Cardiology; American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants; American
 Medical Woman's Association; and the Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and
     "The current trends in obesity pose the greatest challenge to our
 healthcare system over the next decades," said Christie Ballantyne, MD,
 Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. "It is vital that
 physicians and health care providers understand how to identify and manage
 patients with obesity that are at increased risk for the development of
 diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
     "The 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress will be one of the first
 educational events to fully evaluate cardiometabolic health from a
 definition of cardiac risk to the widest variety of treatment modalities,"
 said Richard Nesto, MD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School. "Field
 experts will come together and help to fully define cardiometabolic risk
 within the context of patient care both in the here and now."
     "The 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress is an extremely important
 initiative," stated Paolo Raggi, MD, Professor of Medicine and Radiology at
 Emory University School of Medicine. "Cardiometabolic risk is an epidemic
 which Americans have long overlooked and underestimated as far as inherent
 cardiovascular risk is concerned."
     About the 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress
     The 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress will translate the latest
 clinical data and research into practical and effective approaches to
 identify and manage the approximately 25% of the US population at increased
 Cardiometabolic risk. The goal of the congress is to improve patient
 outcomes through early identification and intervention strategies for
 patients with, or at risk of developing, diabetes and cardiovascular
     Dina Kouveliotes
     2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress

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