Metabolic Syndrome (cont.)
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What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
Symptoms depend on which components of the syndrome are present. Hypertension typically produces no symptoms but may present with blurred vision and headaches. Insulin resistance may be associated with difficulty losing weight and a sense of hypoglycemia (feeling of low blood sugar). In its extreme, metabolic syndrome can present with symptoms related to heart disease or stroke.
When should I seek medical care for metabolic syndrome?
If you have any of the risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, or if you are at risk for any of the components of metabolic syndrome, you should discuss this with your health care practitioner. Similarly, if you have a strong family history of heart disease, stroke, early cardiac death, obesity and/or diabetes, you should seek medical advice.
What are the exams and tests for metabolic syndrome?
A detailed history and physical examination should be performed. Each individual component of the syndrome should be evaluated distinctly. All of the following exams or tests may be warranted:
Cardiac risk factors can be assessed to estimate cardiovascular risk. These may include lipid levels, electrocardiograms, stress testing, angiograms, and more detailed assessments if necessary.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/21/2016
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