A new syndrome has just been identified by the American Heart Association. Elizabeth Tracey reports


The American Heart Association has just issued a presidential advisory describing a new syndrome. Chaidi Ndumele, chair of the writing committee and a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, explains.

Ndumele: We're talking about cardiovascular kidney metabolic syndrome. Cardiovascular kidney metabolic syndrome or CKM syndrome is exceptionally common. It is reflective of a close connection, so close connections among metabolic risk factors like obesity and diabetes chronic kidney disease and the cardiovascular system. This is something that is not only highly prevalent it also associates with dysfunction to several organ systems in the body.  :28

Ndumele says this advisory represents an integration of data from large research studies, evidence from current guidelines issued by professional organizations on management of the component conditions, and discernment of where gaps are evident. He notes the comprehensive approach details how a clinician can assess CKM and manage it. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.