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Cardiovascular Program

People with diabetes are much more likely to have cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes their same age. Cardiovascular disease involves the vessel system that circulates blood to the heart, brain and extremities (arms and legs) and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

People with diabetes are also more likely to have peripheral vascular disease, caused by blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the feet and legs. This is because over a long period of time high blood glucose levels damage the functioning of blood vessels and nerves. This damage is made worse by high blood pressure and abnormal lipid (cholesterols and triglyceride) levels, which are also common in people with diabetes. There are things you can do, however, to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.

Our goal is to identify and treat patients before problems occur.

For those with abnormal lipid levels, we offer referrals to a dietitian who can help you   develop a meal plan to improve your lipid profile. An exercise program may also be recommended. If necessary, lipid-lowering medications may be prescribed by referral to the Lipid Clinic.

With Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we offer a proprietary algorithm for early diagnosis and prevention of heart attack and stroke. We also offer the full range of cardiovascular evaluation, testing and treatment services. This includes exercise testing, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty stents and other state-of-the-art treatment options.

Page last updated: February 25, 2014