A recent audit has found that people with diabetes are 48 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those in the general population.
The National Diabetes Audit by NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre, the charity Diabetes UK and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, looked at data from over two million people in England and Wales.
The study found an increased risk of angina, heart attack, heart failure and stroke, amongst other complications. 45,000 people with the condition had heart failure in 2010-2011, when the expected number would normally have been 27,300 in the general population, a 65 per cent increase.
Diabetes makes it difficult for the body to control blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is high, blood vessels can be damaged and leading to range of complications.
While heart disease is a known complication of diabetes, the study gives a clearer picture of how much heart risk is increased.
Heart screening clinic
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care offers expert private heart screening at a time and location to suit you.
Heart screening is offered by our specialist cardiologists and nurses at our three locations: Royal Brompton Hospital, Harefield Hospital, and our dedicated outpatients and diagnostics facility at 77 Wimpole Street.