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The link between Diabetes and Heart Disease: Knowing Your Risk of Heart Disease Can Be the Beginning of Taking Life-Saving Action

Approximately 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes will die of heart disease, which includes heart attack and heart failure.[i], [ii], [iii] Learn more about the risk of heart disease – and what you can do about it – using our Risk Assessment Tool.

Hello! Thanks for taking time today to assess your heart health.

Before we get started, a few things that you should know:

I am not a doctor. I cannot give you medical advice, nor can I call 911 in an emergency. I am here to provide information to you, based on your responses to questions about your health.

Your privacy is important. No personal details that you share while using the Risk Assessment Tool will be stored after you complete this assessment. Any information you provide is only for use while you are using the Tool.

What's your name?

, dDo you, or does someone close to you, have type 2 diabetes?

Have you or someone close to you ever experienced any of the following?

Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure or chest discomfort

Shortness of breath

Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms

Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back

Swelling of fluid build-up in legs and stomach

Have you or someone close to you experienced any of the following? A medical event, such as the following:

Transitory ischemic attack (TIA)

Mini-stroke

Heart attack

Heart failure

Stroke

Do you have uncontrolled blood sugar levels?

, dDo you have high blood pressure?

Do you have high cholesterol?

Are you overweight?

Do you exercise regularly?

In the past, have you consistently smoked cigarettes or do you currently smoke?

Do you take any medication to manage your type 2 diabetes? This can include medications or treatments that are used to control your blood sugar.

Thank you ! You’ve finished the heart disease Risk Assessment.

The link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease is real.

Approximately 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes will die of heart related illness.

Heart disease can start 10-15 years earlier in people with diabetes.

So keep this in mind and make sure you ask your doctor how you can best take care of your heart.

Based on your answers, you, or someone close to you, may be at-risk of heart disease.

Here is what you can do next...

Talk to your doctor. Let them know you think you may be at risk of heart disease because you have...

Type 2 diabetes PLUS signs of heart disease, or past heart related events.

PLUS these risk factors:

Finally, here is a list of questions that you may want to take with you to your next appointment.

Based on your answers, you are currently not at risk of heart disease.

This is great news. Ensure your risk remains low, by being "SWEET":

Stay smoke-free

Watch your weight

Eat well

Exercise regularly

Take time to take care of your overall health

Lastly...stay on top of things. Talk to your doctor about getting tested for diabetes and how you can further reduce your risk. Here's a list of questions that you may want to ask your doctor.