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Re: How does diabetes complicate heart conditions?

Posted By Nate Jones on February 25, 1999 at 14:34:25:

In Reply to: How does diabetes complicate heart conditions? posted by Lisa on February 24, 1999 at 13:57:06:

I have been recently diagnosed diabetic, type 2.  I also have CHF,
atrial fibrillation, pacemaker, previous stroke.   I am taking  medications
for diabetes now and still have a hard time getting readings in a normal
range.  Since I do not see the doctor until next week, can you tell me
how the diabetes can cause complications with my other problems?
My primary and cardio docs seem extremely worried about this combination.
Thanks so much for your time.

Dear Lisa
     One other item to inquire about with your physicians is whether or not you should be taking an ACE inhibitor type of drug.  This drug which is sometime used with CHF may help with some of the vascular problems associated with diabetes.  I'm not trying to second guess any physicians, I just wanted to suggest mentioning the topic with your physician (if you are not already on such drugs) as a patient understanding issue.
Best of Luck
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