The Link Between Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Renal Disease
Adults with metabolic disease, also known as diabetes, are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. In fact, 68 percent of people age 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease, with increasing rates of renal complications.
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Treating Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Renal Disease Together
While closely connected, these conditions traditionally have been cared for by distinct specialties. However, it is essential that patients with diabetes know how their condition affects their cardiovascular and renal health and be managed by a skilled, integrated team with knowledge in creating and using coordinated, comprehensive treatment plans.
Why are patients with diabetes at increased risk for cardiovascular and renal disease?
Diabetes is treatable, but even when under control, diabetes significantly increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. This is due to many patients with diabetes also having one or more of these conditions that contribute to an amplified risk for developing heart disease:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Abnormal cholesterol and triglycerides
- Sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activity)
- Poorly controlled blood glucose levels (too high)
- Tobacco use
While diabetic patients generally follow a glucose-lowering treatment plan, they may not consider preventive heart health and kidney-friendly strategies.
Comprehensive care for reducing complications in diabetic patients
University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute has launched the Center for Integrated and Novel Approaches in Vascular-Metabolic Disease (CINEMA), which focuses on the management of overlapping issues related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. This unique program encompasses cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology and advanced imaging, along with nurse practitioners, dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists.
Patients now have a dedicated resource through UH CINEMA to support their lifestyle changes and wellness efforts related to these conditions. First-time patients undergo a health assessment that takes place during a single appointment. The assessment includes gathering information about their diabetes, screening for kidney disease and heart disease and managing related risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, smoking, diet and exercise. Specialists on the team review the assessment and share combined treatment recommendations to lower potential risk for diabetes-related heart and kidney complications.
The Dangerous Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease
Listen to experts from UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute discuss how diabetes affects cardiovascular and renal health, including a unique approach that focuses on the management of overlapping issues related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.