People who have diabetes are 4 times more likely to have coronary artery disease than people who do not have diabetes.1 People who have diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to die from coronary artery disease than people who do not have diabetes.2
If you have diabetes and coronary artery disease, you can help lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke by managing your diabetes and having a healthy lifestyle, which includes being active, taking medicines to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and not smoking.3
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Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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