Heart Health

Heart Health

The endocrine system is a network of glands and organs that produce, store, and secrete hormones. It influences many aspects of the cardiovascular system, which include the heart and blood vessels. While hormones play a necessary role in maintaining healthy cardiovascular function, very high levels of some can contribute to cardiovascular disease.

Certain hormones can increase blood pressure and raise levels of lipids (blood fats—cholesterol and triglycerides). Hypertension (high blood pressure) and dyslipidemia (abnormal lipid levels) are risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

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  • Cardiometabolic Risk

    The term cardiometabolic risk describes a person’s chances of damaging their heart and blood vessels when one or more risk factors are present.

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  • Dyslipidemia

    Dyslipidemia is an abnormal level of cholesterol and other lipids, also called fats, in the blood. Lipids (fats) are important for life. They are important component of the living cells. However, high levels can increase your risk of getting a heart attack or heart disease.

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  • Hyperlipidemia

    Hyperlipidemia means there are high levels of fats (or lipids) in the blood, when they are too high, these fats can put people at risk for heart disease and stroke.

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  • Hypertension

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease. Hypertension greatly raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, which may lead to death.

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  • Triglycerides

    Triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, are an important source of energy. However, triglyceride levels can be too high (a condition called hypertriglyceridemia), and this can increase an individual's risk for pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), heart disease, and other serious problems.

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