Saturday, December 15, 2012

Diabetes and heart health link | Diabetes Federation of Ireland

Diabetes and heart health link | Diabetes Federation of Ireland:

It is known that people with poorly controlled diabetes are at higher risk for heart failure but new data from the UK shows that they may have additional causes of heart disease, may develop heart disease younger and have more severe heart disease.  But poor recording practices in Ireland means that the HSE cannot provide detailed information about the links between hearth health and diabetes.   
“Medical data about the health of the Irish population is especially ill suited to planning of health services.  If we in Diabetes Ireland or Department of Health wanted to examine the link between diabetes and heart disease we can’t depend on extracting robust figures from the HSE’s Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) system nor is there a diabetes register” says Dr. Anna Clarke, Health Promotion and Research Manager with Diabetes Ireland. 

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Diabetes Ireland’s advice to people with diabetes has always been that they are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease than people in the general populations, but this is hardly the type of precise information which the HSE needs to plan health services and prevention programmes.

Over the years, high blood sugar damages blood vessels and puts people at risk for coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. Patients with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for having heart disease,” according to Dr. Clarke.

Having heart failure means your heart is not pumping blood around the body as well as it used to. The most common reason is that your heart muscle has been damaged, for example, after a heart attack.

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