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Your patients with diabetes are at risk for cardiovascular disease, most likely CAD.
More than 65% of people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.1
Patients with diabetes have a 2- to 4-fold increased risk of cardiovascular events.2
By itself, diabetes confers a risk equivalent to the presence of established CAD.3
The overall prevalence of CAD among adults with diabetes has been estimated to be as high as 55%.4
American Diabetes Association. Diabetes: Heart Disease and Stroke. Available at: http://diabetes.org/diabetes-heart-disease-stroke.jsp. Accessed September 1, 2004.
American Diabetes Association. Consensus development conference on the diagnosis of coronary heart disease in people with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1998;21:1551–1559.
Haffner SM, Lehto S, Ronnemaa T, et al. Mortality from coronary heart disease in subjects with type 2 diabetes and in nondiabetic subjects with and without prior myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med. 1998;339:229–234.
Hammoud T, Tanguay JF, Bourassa MG. Management of coronary artery disease: therapeutic options in patients with diabetes. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2000;36:355–365.