Man and woman discussing diabetic heart disease
People with type 2 diabetes have two to six times greater risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke

Diabetic heart disease is heart disease that develops in people with diabetes. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can cause a heart attack, which is sometimes "silent," or a stroke.

People who have diabetes are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease because, over time, high blood sugar can damage blood vessels and nerves that control the heart. 

Heart attack

  • A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked
  • Symptoms of a heart attack include:
    • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching feeling in your chest or arms
    • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cold sweat
    • Fatigue
    • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness

Silent heart attack

  • A silent heart attack is one that has few or no symptoms


  • A stroke occurs when part of your brain goes without blood for too long
  • Symptoms of a stroke include:
    • Sudden weakness or droopiness of the face, or issues with your vision
    • Sudden weakness or numbness in one or both arms
    • Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or garbled speech

If you experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.