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Undiagnosed diabetes leads to heart attacks

Heart attack patients in Connecticut may be surprised to learn that their cardiovascular disease may have developed due to an undiagnosed case of diabetes. The Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Session 2014, headed by the American Heart Association, focused on discussing the connection between the two conditions that has been observed in thousands of these types of patients. A recent study examined records of 2,854 heart attack patients who attended 24 different hospitals across the United States.

Researchers found that approximately 10 percent of the heart attacks were associated with a undiagnosed case of diabetes. More than 25 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. Statistics indicate that there are approximately 7 million people in the county that have an undiagnosed case of diabetes. Approximately two-thirds of the people who have diabetes eventually die from a cardiovascular-related disease.

The author heading the study emphasized the importance of properly diagnosing diabetes conditions in patients. More than 920,000 people will suffer from a heart attack in the future. Around 50 percent of the heart attacks will come on suddenly with no symptoms or warning. Identifying and treating diabetes early in the onset may be a very effective preventative measure against suffering sudden heart attacks in the future. According to the study, doctors failed to diagnose diabetes in 69 percent of the patients with an undisclosed condition.

Physicians would have been 17 times more successful in detecting diabetes in the patents had they checked A1C levels at the time of the heart attack. Diagnosing diabetes is a critical step for people who have suffered heart attack. Anyone suffering from a cardiovascular disease because of an undiagnosed case of diabetes may consider contacting a lawyer about filing a medical malpractice claim in court.

Source: Medical Daily , "Diabetes May Cause Heart Attacks When Doctors Fail To Diagnosis The Disease", Samantha Olson , June 03, 2014

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