Article of the Week: Preventing Coronary Heart Disease

It’s important to know what steps you can take to guard against heart disease, especially in light of the news this week that Type 2 diabetes drug rosiglitazone (brand name Avandia) may increase the risk of heart attack and death from cardiovascular causes. This article focuses on risk factors that can be modified and questions you can ask your health-care provider to make sure that you are taking all the right preventive steps.


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  • Fleming

    I have had type 2 diabetes for 25 years, controlled with insulin. I am 5’2″ and weigh 240lbs. Early in Jan. I had a routine EKG which came back abnormal. The Nuclear Stress test that was ordered also showed abnormalities. Then they ordered a Cardiac Catherization. The doctor said it was fine, don’t worry about it. I wanted more information but he said forget about it, most people would be happy to hear their heart is fine, he said he didn’t understand why I wasn’t happy with the news, and further that there was no point in my coming back again. This doesn’t seem consistent with the articles I read about diabetes, hearts, and working with your team. Can you help me to understand this and what I should do from this point?

  • Tara Dairman, Web Editor

    Dear Fleming,

    It’s great that you understand the importance of keeping tabs on your health and being your own advocate. It’s unfortunate that your doctor did not seem willing to communicate with you about the specifics of your situation. You may want to review the articles on this Web site “Teaming Up For Better Diabetes Control” and “Questions For Your Doctor: Ensuring Good Care”. Both of these articles should be able to help you decide whether your current doctor should continue to be a part of your diabetes care team or whether it may be time to switch doctors or seek a second opinion. Best of luck.