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People With Diabetes More Likely to Die After a Heart Attack

It has long been known that a diabetes diagnosis is associated with a high risk factor for heart disease. But new research shows that the outlook is even more serious. There's a higher risk of people with diabetes dying after a heart attack.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Diabetes accelerates the existing inflammatory damage associated with heart disease.  You get a heart attack when a soft vulnerable plaque erupts and starts a cascade of inflammatory events leading to a complete blockage of the blood flow.  If you have diabetes, the likelihood of a more intense inflammatory response leads to a greater likelihood of death.

 

 

 

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