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Learn about metabolic syndrome July 17 at Advocate Good Shepherd

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  • Michael Fortsas, MD

    Michael Fortsas, MD

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

A presentation by Dr. Michael Fortsas, board certified cardiologist with the Advocate Medical Group, will be given from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

"Metabolic Syndrome is now recognized as a significant risk factor for developing Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease," said Fortsas. "In order to reduce risk, lifestyle change is essential to help prevent disease and premature death."

Physicians at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital recognize the importance of informing patients on how to stay healthy and prevent avoidable, life threatening conditions. People with metabolic syndrome have some or all of the following: high blood glucose, high blood pressure, obesity, low HDL, elevated cholesterol and high triglycerides. It is crucial that patients remain proactive about their health by recognizing the signs and symptoms of preventable diseases. Throughout the lecture, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions about the various health issues connected to Metabolic Syndrome. A light meal will be included.

The lecture, Understanding Metabolic Syndrome, is free and will take place in the Prairie Room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington.

Space is limited so sign up today by calling (800) 3-ADVOCATE (800) 323-8622 and mention class code 3C87or go to, click on "I need a class or support group" and type the class code in the keyword box.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is ranked highest in Illinois for quality and patient safety according to Blue Cross Blue Shield's 2011 Blue Star Report™. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. In 2010, Advocate provided more than $474,000,000 in charity care and services to its communities. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital: