Hyperuricemia occurs when there is an excess amount of uric acid in the bloodstream, and is a common risk factor for the potential development of gout and the related crystal development in and around joints. It’s also considered a potential marker for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and metabolic syndrome.
Usually when someone has hyperuricemia but it considered asymptomatic where the individual doesn’t develop gout or stones, it is considered a non-concern for the most part. But, according to MedPage Today, if the asymptomatic hyperuricemia is persistent, continued evaluation to help determine the cause may be done.
But, why further investigate if no symptoms are present?
Experts say that high levels of uric acid on a consistent basis may help identify patients who may be a high risk for gout as well as examine the possibility that the other disorders associated with hyperuricemia or their related treatments may be an underlying cause for the condition. Additionally, they note it is not known whether asymptomatic hyperuricemia can progress to symptomatic hyperuricemia.
Given that hyperuricemia is associated with potential complications, it is recommended patients are educated about their risk for the other conditions and the importance of key lifestyle changes to help reduce their uric acid levels such as losing weight and taking in less alcohol.