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Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes

Understand the link between diabetes and heart disease

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

As a diabetes care and education specialist, you play an important role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular complications for people affected by diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Because of the damage caused by the condition, studies show that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a heart attack or a stroke as people without diabetes. Use the resources below to learn more about the connection between diabetes and increased cardiovascular risk and what you can do to improve outcomes. 

Perspectives on Diabetes Care

Supporting Clients Who Take Supplements for Cardiometabolic Health

Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDCES, BC-ADM, joins us to explain how diabetes care and education specialists can support individuals who wish to take supplements to support their cardiometabolic health. You’ll learn how to provide person-centered care that maintains trust while following evidence-based guidance. Click here for the show notes including additional resources.

 

Barb Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM

Diabetes Care and Education Specialists Are Addressing Cardiometabolic Conditions

By Barbara Schreiner, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDCES

The boundaries across therapeutic interventions are blurring as we manage diabetes and its cardiovascular comorbidities. Increasingly, diabetes care and education specialists are addressing cardiovascular health in our persons with diabetes. But what is driving this intertwining of metabolic and cardiovascular conditions? 

The link between heart disease and diabetes

The Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease: 5 Ways to Address It During American Heart Month

As diabetes care and education specialists address cardiovascular health, it’s important to let your clients know that they can protect their heart and health by managing their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Take advantage of the fact that February is American Heart Month and start a “heart health” conversation.
As diabetes care and education specialists address cardiovascular health, it’s important to let your clients know that they can protect their heart and health by managing their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Take advantage of the fact that February is American Heart Month and start a “heart health” conversation.
As diabetes care and education specialists address cardiovascular health, it’s important to let your clients know that they can protect their heart and health by managing their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Take advantage of the fact that February is American Heart Month and start a “heart health” conversation.
As diabetes care and education specialists address cardiovascular health, it’s important to let your clients know that they can protect their heart and health by managing their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Take advantage of the fact that February is American Heart Month and start a “heart health” conversation.

Education for Your Practice

Recorded Webinar: Focus on Persistent Cardiovascular Risk reviews data from a practice-changing trial that provides a groundbreaking therapeutic option to elevate the current standard of care, including patients with diabetes. Learn about the impact this treatment option can provide. No CE available. 60 minutes

Live Webinar Series: AstraZeneca Educational Webinar Series is designed to provide the most up-to-date, cutting edge information in diabetes. Three of the webinars focus on heart health of people with diabetes. No CE available. 60 minutes per webinar

danatech covers blood pressure monitors and weight scales

Looking for more resources? Go to danatech.org, our free-for-ADCES members website, and find product information, clinical guidelines and position statements.


Resources for People With Diabetes

What is the link? 

Covers the key risk factors for heart disease and the connection between heart disease and diabetes. Also available in Spanish/Español.

Targets Of Care

Gives the current recommended ranges for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI and physical activity. Also provides some strategies for reducing risk. Also available in Spanish/Español.

Top 5 Questions

Gives people with diabetes five areas they should cover with their care team discussing the areas of risk, treatment options, safety issues, herbal products and steps to take to avoid developing heart disease. Also available in Spanish/Español.

Prevention

Using the ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors as its framework, this tip sheet offers suggestions for preventing the development of heart disease. Also available in Spanish/Español.


From WebMD Education:

How Is Diabetes Related to Heart Disease?

Learn more about the link between diabetes and heart disease with this interactive educational program developed by ADCES and Medscape. Learn how diabetes is linked to heart disease, why it's important to care about heart disease, who is at risk and healthy habits to help lower your risk for heart disease if you have diabetes. 

How can I make my heart healthier and manage my blood sugar at the same time?

Learn more about the link between diabetes and heart disease with this interactive educational program developed by ADCES and Medscape. Find out how lowering blood sugar can make your heart healthier, which medicines address these conditions, tips for a healthier lifestyle and a list of questions to take with you on your next healthcare visit. 

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