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Hormones and Your Heart

The term cardiometabolic risk describes a person’s chances of damaging their heart and blood vessels when one or more risk factors are present. Risk factors include obesity, high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, high blood fat (triglycerides), low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. Each of these risk factors is dangerous on its own, but a combination greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Metabolic syndrome, syndrome X, cardiometabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance syndrome are other terms for this cluster of risk factors.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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