Diabetes patients have increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Assess your risk today with a diabetes risk test!

There is an undeniable link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Clogged blood vessels can lead to heart attack, stroke and other problems.

Assess your risks with a GE Optima CT heart scan at Advanced Body Scan in Oklahoma City. There are treatments for heart disease, stroke and blood vessel diseases that can prevent major damage to the organs – and possibly catch problems before they manifest themselves in the form of a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke. Prevention goes a long way – and patients living with diabetes can test for heart issues quickly and effectively at Advanced Body Scan.

Years of research and data collection suggest a strong correlation between cardiovascular disease and diabetes:

  • Heart diseases and stroke are the no. 1 causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
  • Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes.
  • The American Heart Association considers diabetes to be one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • If you have diabetes, you are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality for people with diabetes.
  • Hypertension, abnormal blood lipids and obesity, all risk factors in their own right for cardiovascular disease, occur more frequently in people with diabetes, according to the World Heart Federation.

If you have diabetes, talking with your doctor can help identify your personal risk for heart disease. A diabetes test can help you assess what condition your heart is in.

In fact, a study by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, released in 2012, found that the best way for doctors to predict which diabetes patients are at the greatest risk for heart disease is to use a coronary artery calcium (CAC) test in addition to the most commonly used assessment tool. A GE Optima CT heart screening at Advanced Body Scan can evaluate the degree of calcification present.

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