New Term, Cardiovascular-Kidney-Metabolic Syndrome CKM Explained


Oct 24, 2023

New Term, Cardiovascular-Kidney-Metabolic Syndrome CKM Explained

CKM Syndrome: The Mix of Heart problems, Kidney Issues, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes

Ever heard people talk about how obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are all connected? Well, the American Heart Association (AHA) just made it official. They've introduced a new term: Cardiovascular-Kidney-Metabolic Syndrome, or CKM Syndrome for short. This is big news because it changes how doctors and people like you and me understand these major health issues. Let's dive in.

What’s CKM Syndrome?

The AHA recently dropped some knowledge in a big report. They said we should start using the term CKM Syndrome when talking about the mix of heart problems, kidney issues, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes.

Why Should You Care?

  • It's All Connected: This new term helps us see that these health problems are not isolated from each other. They're all part of a web that can affect pretty much every part of your body, from your brain to your heart.
  • Early Action: The goal is to catch these issues early so you can take steps to avoid getting worse.
  • Custom Plans: The AHA even made a stage system from 0 to 4 to guide how to tackle the problem based on how advanced it is.

New Ways to Measure Risk

The AHA report is a recommendation to update the risk calculators doctors use. Instead of just looking at one issue, the new tools would look at your kidney health, how well you're managing any diabetes, and even factors like your living conditions to get a fuller picture of your health.

The Stages of CKM Syndrome

The AHA divided CKM Syndrome into stages to make it easier to deal with. Stage 0 is all about prevention, like eating better and getting enough exercise. By the time you get to Stage 4, you're looking at serious conditions like kidney failure. The point is, depending on the stage, there are specific things you can do to get better or manage your health.

Needed Collaboration

An important factor about this report is it says doctors from different specialties should work together to help people manage CKM Syndrome. They also said we need to shake things up in healthcare, from teaching doctors and nurses to changing how healthcare plans cover these issues.

Wrapping It Up

So, CKM Syndrome is a big deal. It's not just some medical jargon. It's a whole new way to look at some of the most common and harmful health issues out there. And the sooner we understand this, the better we can prevent them or deal with them effectively.

That's the rundown. Time to spread the word and act on it.

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About the Author

Rich Foreman brings over 30 years of technology leadership to his role of CEO and Co-Founder of KidneySoft.  As founding CTO, Rich led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. Cordico was honored with the Sacramento Innovation Award in 2021. After achieving a 7 digit ARR, Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom. Rich is a regular contributor to and StartupSac. Rich was the Co-founder of Apptology which was named Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber. He was also the Founding Chief Technology Officer at Cordico. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020.  Rich also served 4 years as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.

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