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Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when the blood vessels in the leg are narrowed or plugged by the buildup of plaque. Atherosclerosis, the process that causes PAD, tends to start earlier in life and progress more rapidly in people with diabetes. In most people, PAD is symptomless in its early stages. If the disease progresses […]

Controlling High Cholesterol

Many people with diabetes have trouble keeping their levels of blood lipids (fats in the blood) at healthy levels. If you have diabetes, have a blood lipid pro?le (cholesterol check; see page 25) done at least once a year, more often if your doctor recommends it. People with diabetes are more likely than the average […]

Preventing a Heart Attack

A major concern is to prevent coronary artery disease (the most com- mon form of cardiovascular disease), which can lead to a heart attack. Your doctor will work with you to make the lifestyle changes that will help you minimize your risk of heart attack. Your goal is to keep your blood glucose, blood pressure, […]

Quitting Smoking

The reasons to quit smoking are legion. In terms of your cardiovas- cular health, quitting smoking is a major way you can take control of your risk of coronary artery disease and other heart and blood vessel diseases. Brie?y, these are the ways in which tobacco smoke endangers your cardiovascular system: • Atherosclerosis. Smoking damages […]

High Blood Pressure

Today, high blood pressure (hypertension) is probably the most modi?able common major risk factor for heart disease and stroke in the United States. About one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure, and the numbers are increasing as our country ages and becomes more overweight. High blood pressure can cause damage to […]