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Which heart diseases are people with diabetes at risk for?

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  • People with diabetes are at risk for: Coronary artery disease. Your coronary arteries are in your heart. Fatty deposits, called plaques, can narrow them. If plaques suddenly break -- either due to coronary artery disease or diabetes -- it can cause a heart attack. Avoid this by exercising, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking. In any case, this condition can be dangerous and fatal, so manage it aggressively and follow up with your doctors as much as possible.
  • 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.

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program: "I Have Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 4, 2019

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program: "I Have Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 4, 2019

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