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Diabetes & your risk of heart attack or stroke

Ko te mate huka – he aha tō tūraru o te mate manawa me te rehu ohotata

An older man is at home suffering chest painDiabetes increases your risk of getting cardiovascular disease (CVD). Having CVD means there is a higher risk that you'll have a heart attack or a stroke.

You're at higher risk of getting CVD if you are Māori, Pasifika, or South Asian.

High blood glucose (sugar) causes changes in your blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is when these changes cause your blood vessels to become narrow.

It is important to have regular checks for the other things that increase your CVD risk such as:

Learn to recognise the signs of a heart attack and stroke so you can get help quickly for yourself or someone close to you.

Reduce your risk of getting CVD by:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2019.

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