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A 40-year-old member asked:

I have diabetes. am i more likely to have a heart attack?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Probably: For someone with type 2 diabetes, the answering is a resounding yes. Someone with type 2 diabetes has the same risk for a heart attack as someone who has already had one. For someone with type 1 diabetes, the association with heart disease is not as clearcut. But if they have other risk factors like high blood pressure or high cholesterol, these should be treated to reduce their risk.
Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine 20 years experience
This is why it is EXTREMELY important to keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure under excellent control!
Nov 5, 2011
Dr. Robert Roth
Hospital-based practice 40 years experience
Yes: Diabetes is one of the major causes of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) resulting in blocked blood vessels. A blocked blood vessel causes a heart attack. Diabetes is responsible for a huge number of serious ilnesses in addition to heart attacks. A healthy lifestyle, blood sugar control and controlling other cardiac risk factors lowers the risk.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Diabetes is considered a "coronary equivalent" which means it puts you at the same risk as already having had a heart attack. This can be mitigated by diet, exercise, blood pressure control, weight reduction, proper nutrition, and taking meds properly.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms for heart attack and diabetes?

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Dr. Rodney Del Valle
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Pressure chest pain : Sometimes irradiating to left shoulder ir neck associated with shortness of breath, tachycardia, sweating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness may be worsening with activities. Diabetic patients feel thirsty, frequent urination, weight loss, increase hunger, irritability, dizziness, fatigue, tingling feet, urinary infections etc.

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