Heart attack victims could be at risk of diabetes
Nearly 720,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year, a statistic that could also have implications on another health epidemic.
Nearly 720,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year, a statistic that could also have implications on another health epidemic. Lovenox users who take their medication to avoid cardiovascular damage should take note of new research that suggests heart attack patients might be at risk for diabetes.
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health presented evidence to crowds attending the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014 in Baltimore that showed a correlation linking 10 percent of heart attack victims having undiagnosed cases of diabetes. The doctors studied data on 2,854 heart attack patients who had never been previously diagnosed for the disease to see whether hospitals were failing to recognize diabetic symptoms, such as high blood sugar levels, after the individuals had been admitted.
Out of all the patients tested for the disease, 287 of them were newly discovered to have diabetes, equating to 10.1 percent. Less than one-third of all the recently diagnosed individuals had received education or medication for diabetes after being discharged from the hospital, and doctors would have been able to be 17 times more likely to recognize patients' diabetes if they had performed A1C tests, the standard blood sugar exam, at the time of admittance.
The connection between heart attacks prompting diabetes is relatively unexplored, whereas diabetes is a huge contributor to cardiovascular failure. According to the American Heart Association, 2 out of 3 people with diabetes eventually die from heart disease. Dr. Suzanne V. Arnold, a professor at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute and lead author in the study, emphasized the importance of testing patients for diabetes shortly after a heart attack experience.
"Diagnosing diabetes in patients who have had a heart attack is important because of the role diabetes plays in heart disease," Arnold said in a statement. "By recognizing and treating diabetes early, we may be able to prevent additional cardiovascular complications through diet, weight loss and lifestyle changes in addition to taking medications."
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