It might sound strange and surprising, that diabetes and heart attack are related.
But truth is yes, they are.
When a person’s blood sugar is high, there is a possibility that his/her blood vessels get damaged.
The sugar can cause plaque (High blood levels of cholesterol encourage the formation and growth of vascular plaques that put you at risk for heart attack and stroke) to be collected on the side of blood vessels, thus narrowing the path of blood flow.
Plaque can cause blockage of arteries and thus might also lead to a heart attack.
Checking the levels of blood sugar, diabetics, control the blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight could be a healthy way to protect your heart.
How diabetes affects the Heart:
People who are diabetic are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease(CVD).
cardiovascular disease includes a group of conditions like stroke , heart disease and all other diseases related to heart and the arteries.
It is basically caused by the collection of a fatty material, called atheroma, inside the body’s main arteries which can lead to the narrowing and blocking of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
cardiovascular disease can also be caused by other conditions, which type 2 diabetic patients come across:
- Obesity: Obesity can cause fat to accumulate in the abdomen, thus increasing the production of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which could block the arteries, thus resulting in a heart attack.
- High blood pressure or hypertension: This condition can lead the heart to work hard to pump blood and thus can result in heart issues.
- Smoking: Smoking can affect your lungs and can create a low supply of oxygen to the heart.
Remember that People with diabetes are afflicted by heart disease almost twice as often as the non-diabetics.
Below are some heart problems often experienced by diabetic patients:
1. Diabetic cardiomyopathy: A condition, often encountered by diabetic patients, which damages the structure and function of the heart.
It can cause the heart to fail and also arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), in people who suffer from diabetes but don’t have heart disease.
2. Silent heart attacks: High blood sugar might damage the nerves thus he or she may not notice the symptoms of a heart attack.
They may not even feel severe pain.
What are the Treatments?
Prevention and Treatment:
Try to keep the blood sugar levels under control, This way a diabetic patient might reduce the risk of a heart attack.
It's advisable to take proper medications, eat healthy food, keep fit and exercise regularly, These good habits will help keep the sugar levels within the normal range.
If you detect any issue, symptoms of a heart attack or heart disorder consult your doctor.
In case of any heart related problem, consult a cardiologist. Always remember, one disease might be an invitation to another.
Diabetic patients need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent any further issues OR problems.
Type 2 diabetes victims are more susceptible to diseases, like heart strokes.
The treatment of diabetic patients is not an easy task in fact much complex and hard one compare to other patient. So, one need to take good care of health to overcome diabetes or heart problem or any other disease.