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The cardiovascular profile in diabetes

September 2018 Br J Cardiol 2018;25(suppl 2):S4–S7 doi:10.5837/bjc.2018.s07

The cardiovascular profile in diabetes

Naveed Sattar

Abstract

The changing cardiovascular risk imposed by type 2 diabetes Once upon a time, type 2 diabetes was considered a coronary heart disease (CHD) risk equivalent, meaning that the risk of a future CHD event was considered equal to patients with existing vascular disease. While this notion has been superseded, the risk for a range of vascular outcomes (myocardial infarction [MI], stroke or deaths due to other vascular diseases) appears approximately double in diabetes compared with the general population (figure 1).1 Less well appreciated is the observation that diabetes increases the risk of fatal events somewhat more than non-fatal, for reasons n

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