Category: Lifestyle

National Public Health Week: The Cardiometabolic Clinician’s Role in Public Health 

Taking place between April 5-11, 2021, National Public Health Week celebrates the importance of public health. This year, the week presents an opportunity to take a closer look at the particular challenges presented in the past year across the globe through a public health lens. In honor of this initiative, CMHC highlights the role of the cardiometabolic clinician in the promotion and support of population health and public health initiatives.

Currently, an estimated 47 million people in the United States are living with cardiometabolic disease and many more suffer from combinations of risk factors that predispose them to future illness. Rising rates of cardiometabolic disease as well as the high burden of disease – on population health and socioeconomic factors among others – there is a need to shift healthcare from a treatment-based approach to one that prioritizes prevention. Previously, cardiometabolic professionals have predominantly focused on improving survival rates in patients diagnosed with disease and ensuring the best possible health outcomes. Although this has greatly improved mortality rates, a treatment-based approach to care contributes to healthcare inefficiencies and inequities rather than optimizing public health.

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Heart Health Month: Sleep Disorders and Atrial Fibrillation 

Lifestyle factors and their modifications have long been established as critical elements for the successful prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic disease. In addition to dietary habits and physical activity levels, sleep patterns are also a key behavior to consider in interventions. Sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders are known risk factors for a variety of cardiometabolic conditions ranging from obesity and hypertension to stroke, coronary heart disease, and heart failure. As they affect the quality, timing, and duration of sleep, sleep disorders significantly increase both physical and mental health risks and therefore require the recognition of their substantial impact on patient wellbeing.

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