How high is my risk for heart attack with type 2 diabetes?
December 11, 2006 10:33am CST
Higher than you might think! In people who do not have diabetes, one of the strongest predictors for the development of a heart attack is a previous heart attack. A recent study has shown that people with type 2 diabetes who have not had a heart attack as a person without diabetes who has already had a heart attack. In other words, your risk for a future heart attack is as high disease. This finding suggests that risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressue, and high blood cholesterol levels, should be treated very aggresively in people with type 2 diabetes should be treated with medication, as if they already have heart disease. So if your risk of heart attack, you should strongly consider giving it a try.