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 inactivity. 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 obese * 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For CHC program information, including a complete listing of the faculty and field experts in attendance, go to http://cardiometabolichealth.org.
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