Cardiometabolic Weight Management for High Risk Cardiovascular Disease

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Duke cardiologists, endocrinologists, nephrologists, hepatologists, and other experts offer a heart-healthy approach to weight management for people with obesity who are at high risk for developing heart disease. You may receive care from our team if you have been diagnosed with obesity and one or more of the following:

Our goal is to help you manage your weight, lower your risk for heart disease and stroke, and improve your overall health.

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When to Seek Specialty Care for Weight Management

Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of your body size and is based on your height and weight. A BMI between 25 and 30 indicates that you are overweight. A BMI over 30 indicates obesity. Carrying excess weight can put you at increased risk for or exacerbate health problems associated with many chronic medical conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with obesity and one or more conditions that increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, specialized care from cardiologists and others on our team can help you lose weight. This can help control your risk factors and reduce your chance of developing heart disease. We take care of the sickest people who need intensive, specialized care.

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What to Expect

First Visit
During your first visit, you will meet with a specialist for your condition(s); it may be a cardiologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist or hepatologist. They will perform a complete assessment and determine whether testing is needed to gain more in-depth information about your condition. Together, the specialists will create a comprehensive care plan that will focus on ways to improve your overall heart health and manage your weight.

Possible Weight Management Treatments
Your care plan may include specific diets (such as low salt for hypertension or low carbohydrate to manage weight), advice on lifestyle changes, and exercise counseling. We also prescribe obesity and other relevant medications and consider whether it would be appropriate for you to consider bariatric surgery.

We Follow You Closely
You may attend frequent follow-up appointments with our team. We want to keep close tabs on your progress and spot roadblocks in your health care journey. The care we provide is focused on helping you lose weight to reduce your overall risk for cardiovascular problems.

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This page was medically reviewed on 05/03/2022 by