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The Diabetic Heart Discussion

This could matter to you. If you have type 2 diabetes, you have a diabetic heart, which means you have a higher risk of developing heart disease that may be more severe compared to someone without diabetes. The good news is, we’re here to talk you through it.

LET’S TALK—Understanding
Your Diabetic Heart

“WHAT IS A
DIABETIC HEART?”CLICKTAP

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Type 2 diabetes damages the heart, causing plaque to build up inside the coronary arteries. Over time, this restricts blood flow to the heart and can lead to a variety of future heart problems. People with a diabetic heart not only have a higher risk for heart disease, but it may also be more severe than someone who doesn’t have diabetes.

“WHAT ARE THE RISKS?”CLICKTAP

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People with diabetic heart disease have a significantly higher risk of a heart attack, stroke, or even cardiovascular (CV) death. As coronary arteries narrow and harden due to excess plaque buildup, a diabetic heart may also weaken or stiffen, eventually resulting in heart failure (a chronic condition that develops when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs).

“HOW COULD A DIABETIC
HEART AFFECT ME?”CLICKTAP

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People with diabetes are 4x more likely to develop heart disease. Also, heart attacks are more serious and more likely to be fatal for people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, 2 out of 3 people with type 2 diabetes die from heart disease. And while it helps to manage A1C, having a diabetic heart means you still have an increased risk of a fatal CV event.

“WHAT CAN I
DO ABOUT IT?”CLICKTAP

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#4

Making healthy choices is an important part of diabetes management. People with type 2 diabetes should take an active role in their care, working together with their doctor to reach their individual goals. Managing blood sugar is helpful, but that alone does not significantly reduce CV risk. To learn more, talk to your doctor or click here to learn about a treatment option.

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NEXT UP—Talking
to Your Doctor

Communicating with your doctor is an important part of any treatment plan, but it’s not always easy to know where to start the conversation. To help you get the most out of your next doctor visit, we’ve put together a Diabetic Heart Discussion guide featuring helpful information for questions like these:

  • “What exactly is a diabetic heart?”
  • “Does diabetic heart disease increase my risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke?”
  • “If my A1C is under control, am I still at risk?”
  • “Does taking heart medicines, like statins or blood thinners, help?”

To learn more, talk to your doctor about your type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and managing your risk. Learn about a treatment option

To learn more, talk to your doctor about your type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and managing your risk. Learn about a treatment option

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