World-Renowned Experts in Cardiometabolic Risk Convene First Congress to Address the Leading Public Health Issue of the 21st Century

Quarter of U.S. Population at Increased Cardiometabolic Risk that Often

Leads to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease, Two Leading Killers in


Oct 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Cardiometabolic Health Congress

    BOSTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by The
 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress:
     WHAT:  The 2006 Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CHC) will translate
            the latest clinical data and research into practical and
            effective approaches to identify and effectively manage patients
            at increased cardiometabolic risk (CMR). The goal of the
            congress is to improve outcomes through early identification and
            intervention strategies for patients with, or at risk of
            developing, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  CMR is comprised
            of a set of risk factors that when viewed together, are good
            indicators of a person's overall risk of developing heart disease
            and type 2 diabetes.  These risk factors include obesity, high LDL
            ("bad") cholesterol, high blood fat (triglycerides), low HDL
            ("good") cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking and physical
     WHEN:  Thursday, October 19 - Saturday, October 21, 2006
     WHERE: Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
     WHO:   Distinguished Faculty and Field Experts (Endocrinologists,
            Cardiologists and Primary Care Clinicians), including Leading
            Experts and CHC Chairpersons:
            Christie M. Ballantyne, MD, Professor of Medicine, Baylor College
            of Medicine
            Richard W. Nesto, MD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
            Jay S. Skyler, MD, MACP, Professor of Medicine, University of Miami
            Miller School of Medicine
     WHY:  * Cardiovascular disease and diabetes cause more than 1
             million deaths per year and led to more than $500 billion
             in direct and indirect healthcare costs
           * There has been no appreciable change in heart disease risk
             in the past 10 years
           * Diabetes prevention is often overlooked when managing
             patients with increased risk for developing diabetes
           * Sixty million adults are obese and 9 million are severely
           * Abdominal obesity is a key contributor to CMR and increases
             the incidence of insulin resistance, dyslipidemia,
             hypertension and other health problems
           * Obesity is the second highest cause of preventable death
             behind smoking and it results in higher annual healthcare
             costs than smoking
     CONTACT: For interview requests, please contact GinaMarie Mangiaracina
 / Chandler Chicco Agency / 202-609-6003 or For CHC
 program information, including a complete listing of the faculty and field
 experts in attendance, go to

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