If you have type 2 diabetes, you already know the importance of controlling your blood sugar and body weight. But you might not be aware that diabetes also risks your heart health. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with diabetes.

When a person has both diabetes and heart disease, they are experiencing a condition called cardiometabolic disease. This condition also can affect your liver and kidneys.

The new Cardiometabolic Program is here to help. Our team takes a “whole picture” approach to preventing and treating people with cardiometabolic disease. We can help you understand your risks, avoid future problems and potentially reverse any damage that’s already happened.

The program is part of Baptist Health Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. It’s the first — and right now the only — program of its kind in South Florida. The Institute is a charter member of the Cardiometabolic Center Alliance, a national collaborative of healthcare organizations committed to helping people with cardiometabolic disease. As part of the Institute, our center is committed to helping people with both diabetes and heart disease manage their health and experience the best quality of life.

What is cardiometabolic disease?

Cardiometabolic disease is not rare: about 47 million people in the United States are living with it. And the condition is common among people with diabetes. About one-third of people with diabetes over age 35 have also been diagnosed with heart disease. New research shows that another third may have heart disease but aren’t aware of it.

If you have diabetes, it’s essential to reduce your risk of heart disease now to avoid serious health issues in the future.

Who receives care at the Cardiometabolic Program?

Our team cares for patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes also diagnosed with at least one type of heart disease, including:

If you have any of these cardiovascular conditions plus diabetes or prediabetes, ask your doctor if a referral to the cardiometabolic program is right for you. Or you can call the program directly at 786-204-4200 for more information or to make an appointment.

How can the Cardiometabolic Program help me?

Our team takes a comprehensive approach to treating diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions. This multidisciplinary approach results in more effective, more convenient and better-coordinated care. It also reduces the risk of severe health problems down the road, including heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

What treatment options does the Cardiometabolic Program offer?

Our team offers comprehensive treatment options, including the following.

  • Blood pressure management
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Diabetes medications, which can also improve heart health
  • Nutrition and weight loss guidance
  • Therapies to lower your cholesterol

Your treatment plan may also include referrals to other providers, such as a sleep specialist, to address your overall health needs. Our team based model takes a holistic approach to your care, focusing on lifestyle changes, comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment and utilizing guideline-directed medical therapies that can improve cardiovascular risk. This helps ensure collaborative continuity of care.

How often will I come to the Cardiometabolic Program?

Patients receive customized care at the Cardiometabolic Program. Everyone progresses at a different pace as they gain control of their health. The goal is for you to “graduate” from the program with a good understanding of your cardiometabolic disease risk factors and the ability to manage them.

Meet the Team

The Cardiometabolic Program offers comprehensive care from preventive cardiologists specializing in this emerging area of medicine. Other team members include: Lisa Davis (PA-C), Emilia Gucciardo (PA-C), Tatiana Mullins (RN Navigator), Amanda Gronniger (PharmD), Amy Kimberlain (RD), and Terry Crespo (MA).