Patients with diabetes in combination with one or more risk factors, like smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure (hypertension) and abnormal blood lipids, have an increased risk to fall victim to heart disease or stroke. Actually, diabetic patients are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes. High levels of Cholesterol in the blood (Hypercholesterolemia) can damage arteries and is associated with diseases in the cardiovascular system. LDL Cholesterol increases the risk of atherosclerosis, whereas HDL Cholesterol is good for the body and provides protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. Also, high levels of triglycerides (TG) in the bloodstream has been associated with atherosclerosis and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
By controlling these risk factors diabetic patients may avoid or delay the development of heart and blood vessel disease. The Diabetologist will not only treat these risk factors, but also do periodic assessment for cardiovascular disease and refer the patient to our Cardiologist at the Diabetes Clinic for a cardiac follow-up when needed.This follow-up is intended for areas where the expertise of a Cardiologist is felt necessary to improve overall patient management. Further appointments, will be scheduled as needed to evaluate progress, health management, and to monitor any new cardiac conditions.