Keep your heart health in check if suffering from diabetes

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NEW DELHI: India is the diabetic capital of the world. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that can lead to complications over time. An estimated 72 million people suffering from diabetes in the country.

Cardiovascular diseases are majorly associated with diabetes and are the leading cause of early death among people with diabetes. More than 70 per cent of patients with type 2 diabetes dies of cardiovascular diseases.

A recent report published in global medical journal, Lancet stated that there has been 50 per cent rise in CVDs among Indians. Heart Failure is the leading cause of mortality and repeat hospitalizations amongst all CVDs. Heart Failure is a progressive disease, caused due to the weakening of heart muscle, which becomes stiff over time. This reduces the heart’s ability to pump blood properly, thereby limiting the amount of oxygen and nutrients circulated to the vital organs of the body.

Diabetes can cause heart failure, due to diabetic cardiomyopathy. It is a disorder of the heart muscle in diabetic patients, due to which the heart is unable to circulate blood properly. Patients with Type 2 diabetes admitted in hospital for heart failure have a one in four chance of dying within 18 months.

Diabetics are often unable to identify the symptoms of Heart Failure as the symptoms might get subdued owing to their ongoing treatment of diabetes. This can lead to delayed diagnosis and patients might reach the doctor at an advanced stage of heart failure, in a condition where they need to be hospitalized.