How Does Diabetes Affect Your Cardiovascular Treatment Options?

People with diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including an increased chance of developing heart disease at a younger age and of developing severe heart disease complications. When people with diabetes need treatment for cardiovascular disease, whether they need emergency care for a heart attack, stroke care, or ongoing care for a chronic condition by a heart specialist, they have unique needs because of potential complications caused by diabetes. If you have diabetes and cardiovascular health problems, here are some of the ways your treatments could be affected.

Increased Risk of Infection
Although most people with diabetes are eligible for cardiovascular treatments, such as angioplasties, as discussed by Dr. Cres Miranda of MountainView Hospital in this video , they do have an increased risk of infection after invasive procedures. Because diabetes can interfere with the body’s ability to heal, infections can take hold easier and may be more difficult to fight. In addition to decreased immune response, when blood glucose levels are high, the excess sugar in the bloodstream feeds the infection, making it even more difficult to fight.

Problems with Blood Glucose Control
Having any kind of procedure can cause people with diabetes to experience problems with blood glucose control. The stress of the procedure can cause levels to spike, while fasting can cause levels to bottom out. Swings in blood glucose levels can only cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other uncomfortable symptoms, but dangerously high or low blood glucose levels can also cause the need for emergency care.

Interactions with Medications
Cardiologists must carefully consider the medications they prescribe to people with diabetes to ensure there are no interactions with their current diabetes medications. They may choose to avoid some medicines that could affect blood glucose levels, or they may prescribe medications to be taken at very specific times to avoid interactions with diabetes medications.

Managing diabetes and cardiovascular disease is possible with the help of the heart team at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 for more information or to request a referral to a specialist at our heart hospital.

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