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Heart Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes and heart disease are connected — it’s a fact.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States and the leading cause of diabetes-related disabilities and deaths.

Did You Know?
Our Diabetes Cardiovascular Clinic offers special care for patients with diabetes and heart disease.
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And even if your diabetes is controlled, you’re still more at risk for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke

Why the increased risk? Because diabetes makes the lining of your blood vessels thicker, it’s harder for blood to get through your blood vessels. That contributes to heart disease and poor circulation.

These risk factors together are known as metabolic syndrome.

Heart and Diabetes: Teamwork

Conditions linked this closely require teamwork. UVA’s heart specialists and endocrinologists will work together to treat your condition. This ensures you get specialized treatment not every hospital can offer.

Access to Heart And Vascular Specialists

We offer all levels of heart care, including general cardiology. And if you need it, we have specialists in: congenital heart disease, cardiac valve disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, complex coronary disease and vascular care.

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Treatment for Diabetes and Heart Disease

At UVA, we’ll work with you to manage your heart disease and diabetes with:

  • An exercise plan that helps you manage your condition
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Techniques to help with stress and coping

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Care for Your Child

If your child has to see a heart specialist, it’s important they visit a doctor who understands the needs of kids. 

At UVA, our doctors are experts in the special kind of care children need.

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