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I have diabetes. Am I more likely to have a heart attack?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Jason Beasley
This is why it is EXTREMELY important to keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure under excellent control!
Dr. Robert Roth
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Roth
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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