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The Texas Heart Institute to Host Inaugural Cardiometabolic Syndrome Conference: Addressing a Global Health Crisis

Houston, TX (July 10, 2024) – The Texas Heart Institute is proud to announce the inaugural Cardiometabolic Syndrome Conference taking place Friday, August 23, 2024, at The Texas Heart Institute Denton A. Cooley Auditorium in the renowned Texas Medical Center. The conference will address an existing population health crisis that continues to rise in prevalence across the United States and will feature Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a leader in behavior change technology.

Cardiometabolic Syndrome (CMS) poses a significant threat to public health due to its association with a cluster of conditions—such as hypertension, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, and obesity—that elevate the risk of developing severe diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. As these conditions become more prevalent, they contribute to a rising burden on healthcare systems, increase healthcare costs, and lead to a diminished quality of life for millions of individuals.

Understanding and addressing CMS is crucial not only for preventing these serious health outcomes but also for enhancing overall public health and longevity. The conference aims to bring together healthcare professionals from various disciplines to tackle the challenges associated with CMS and explore new approaches for prevention and treatment.

“We must transcend traditional healthcare solutions to effectively tackle the rising burden of cardiometabolic syndrome,” said Joseph G. Rogers, MD, CEO and President of The Texas Heart Institute and renowned cardiologist. “By bringing together key stakeholders and encouraging collaboration among multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, we aim to ignite groundbreaking ideas and forge novel strategies to combat this pressing health crisis.”

With the latest projections indicating a dramatic growth in risk factors for CMS, attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the epidemiology of the syndrome, discuss treatment strategies, and identify gaps in current practices. Key topics on the agenda include the impact of CMS on cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and cancer, as well as the role of social determinants of health in managing the condition.

“We are at a pivotal moment in the fight against cardiometabolic syndrome,” said Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global.  “This conference is not just a gathering of experts, but a catalyst for innovative thinking and actionable solutions. By integrating diverse perspectives and harnessing the collective expertise of our attendees, we can transform disease prevention strategies and improve health outcomes globally.”

CMS is not limited by age, gender, or socioeconomic status, making it a universal concern. Its risk factors often develop silently over time, meaning many people may be affected without knowing it. Raising awareness and promoting early intervention, lifestyle modifications, and appropriate medical treatments can reduce the incidence of CMS and its associated complications.

The conference will be led by co-directors Dr. Joseph G. Rogers, CEO and President of The Texas Heart Institute, and Dr. Stephanie Coulter, Medical Director for THI Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health. Rogers and Coulter will lead high-level discussions with other leading healthcare professionals on screening and treatment guidelines, the impact of CMS on children, and integrating social determinants of health into clinical practice. Attendees will include cardiologists, hepatologists, endocrinologists, nurses, and other allied health professionals who play a critical role in the management of CMS.

The Cardiometabolic Syndrome Conference: A Population Crisis will be held all day on Friday, August 23, 2024, at The Texas Heart Institute’s Denton A. Cooley Auditorium at 6770 Bertner Ave Houston, TX 77030. The live activity provides AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM continuing medical education credits for physicians in attendance.



The Texas Heart Institute (THI), founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering the future of cardiovascular health through exceptional patient care, discovery, and a commitment to learning. Participating in research programs in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, stem cell, and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine, THI’s scientists and physicians are spearheading some of the most innovative research in the medical field. Through its translational basic and clinical research programs, The Texas Heart Institute is learning more every day about the underlying causes of heart disease and the ways to better treat and even prevent it. With initiatives ranging from postdoctoral and continued medical education to public outreach and scientific publications, THI is dedicated to spreading awareness and sharing updates on ways to prevent, treat, and defeat cardiovascular disease. As a global leader in patient care for nearly six decades, Texas Heart Institute has been ranked among the top cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for the past 30 years. With over 12 million visitors coming to its website from around the world every year, www.texasheart.org is just one of the ways THI is helping to educate people on the importance of heart health. For more information, please visit https://www.texasheart.org. @Texas_Heart