People with diabetes are also more prone to suffer from heart failure. Heart failure inhibits the heart’s ability to pump blood. People with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for developing heart failure due to their long-term exposure to high blood sugar levels. It is important for people with type 2 diabetes to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart failure so they can seek medical attention if necessary. Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the risk of complications from this condition.
Diabetes-related heart attack symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Pain in jaw, neck, and arm
- Shortness of breath
Why do heart failures occur in diabetes?
As time goes by, hyperglycemia can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control your heart. People with type 2 diabetes suffer from other problems too which increases the risk of heart failure.
- High blood pressure increases the strength of the blood across your arteries and can damage the walls of the arteries.
- High cholesterol and triglyceride levels raise the risk of heart failure.
Testing for Heart Disease
Blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and weight help to understand the heart. The doctor can ask for the following tests to determine if heart problems exist.
ECG – ECG evaluates cardiac autonomic neuropathy and detects signs of heart problems in asymptomatic patients
ECO – Echocardiography detests myocardial dysfunction in asymptomatic diabetics
Treadmill test – It defines how well the heart handles physical activity
How to take care of your heart?
- Stop smoking
- Be physically active
- Have a healthy diet
- Manage stress
Routine health checkups are important for the early detection and management of diabetes. They can help identify potential problems before they become more severe and help people take measures to reduce their risk of developing diabetes or other health problems. Health screenings also provide an opportunity for people to learn more about their own personal
health, as well as receive advice on how best to manage their condition. Diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause serious complications if left untreated. Knowing the risk factor associated with diabetes and being proactive in managing them is important.
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