What Does Diabetes Do to Heart Disease?

Q:
What does diabetes do to heart disease?

A:
Many people with diabetes also have heart disease. People with diabetes are at risk for:

  • Coronary artery disease. Fatty deposits can narrow your coronary arteries in your heart. If fatty deposits suddenly break, it can cause a heart attack. Exercise, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking are musts.
  • Congestive heart failure. This is an ongoing condition in which the heart loses the ability to pump blood effectively. The main symptoms are shortness of breath when you’re moving and leg swelling.

Many people have both conditions. You should work with your doctor on a plan for better heart health.

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