If you have type 2 diabetes, you’re more likely to develop heart disease than those without diabetes. You’re also at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Learn more below.

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High blood sugar = higher risk

  • Over time, high blood sugar caused by type 2 diabetes can cause damage to your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart and blood vessels
  • The longer you have type 2 diabetes, the greater your risk for developing heart disease
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Heart attack and stroke

  • People with type 2 diabetes who reach their A1C goal are still at risk for heart attack and stroke
  • When you have type 2 diabetes, your risk of cardiovascular disease is up to 4x greater compared with someone without diabetes
  • A significant percentage of heart attacks in people with diabetes are clinically "silent" (no symptoms)
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  • About 70% of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes are caused by cardiovascular disease, making it the leading cause of death in people with type 2 diabetes
  • People with type 2 diabetes have a 2-6x greater risk of dying from heart attack or stroke compared with people without diabetes

Diabetic heart disease is heart disease that develops in people with diabetes. Click above to learn more.


Type 2 diabetes and your heart — Make the connection

Learning more about the connection between type 2 diabetes and heart attack or stroke can feel overwhelming. But it is an important first step to take. Watch this Let’s Get to the Heart of Type 2 Diabetes video, and be sure to share it with others so they can learn more, too.

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