Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing heart disease. Health screening can help lower the risk of heart disease.
If you have
Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you are at a higher risk of heart disease,. Heart disease (also referred to as cardiovascular disease) may strike you at a younger age and may be more severe when it occurs.
It is believed that the duration of diabetes and the presence of additional risk factors, such as obesity, high blood cholesterol,
smoking, and high blood pressure, — increase the risk of heart disease, even more.
In addition, people with diabetes who developed cardiovascular disease tend to have less success with heart disease treatments, such as coronary artery bypass surgery (bypassing the blocked blood vessel in the heart with a healthy blood vessel taken from the arm, leg or chest) and coronary angioplasty (using a balloon to stretch or widen a blocked blood vessel in the heart).
Coronary Artery Disease
What is It
What You Will Experience
Coronary heart disease
Blockage of coronary arteries (blood vessels carrying oxygen-rich blood to the heart) by plaque.
The build-up of plaque also makes it more likely for clots to form in the arteries and block blood flow to the heart.
Chest pain or discomfort
The heart is weak and cannot pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. It is a serious condition that requires medical treatment.
Shortness of breath
Weak and tired
Swelling in legs, ankles, and feet
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Heart muscle is damaged so the heart can no longer pump blood properly. It can lead to heart failure.
Symptom of heart failure
While heart disease is a serious concern if you have diabetes, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease.
For example, people with Type 2 diabetes can start making minor lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight through regular physical activity and a healthy diet. You should also be diligent in taking prescribed medications to keep your blood glucose levels under control. These actions can help you prevent or control many risk factors for heart disease and protect your heart.
As heart disease is often silent, it is also very important that you follow your treatment plan and see your doctor for regular care.
Heart Health – Basic Dietary Guidelines
During a check-up, your doctor will ask you questions (including questions regarding your family history) and examine you to find out whether you have risk factors that put you at an increased risk of heart disease.
These examinations include:
Sometimes, your doctor may order additional
screening tests such as:
What It Does
Checks the electrical activity of your heart
Exercise treadmill test
Checks how your heart responds to the increased workload and demand for blood during exercise
Cardiac stress imaging
Checks how well blood is flowing in your heart and how well your heart pumps blood when it beats
CT coronary angiography
Checks your coronary arteries using special x–rays
These health screening tests help to identify possible heart problems for early treatment. Remember, heart problems should never be taken lightly, especially if you have diabetes.
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This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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