Learning About Diabetes and Acute Coronary Syndromes

Learning About Diabetes and Acute Coronary Syndromes

achcMayo Clinic defines acute coronary syndrome as “a term used for any condition brought on by sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart. Acute coronary syndrome symptoms may include the type of chest pressure that you feel during a heart attack, or pressure in your chest while you’re at rest or doing light physical activity (unstable angina). The first sign of acute coronary syndrome can be sudden stopping of your heart (cardiac arrest). Acute coronary syndrome is often diagnosed in an emergency room or hospital.” Acute coronary syndrome is one of the most deadly cause of death and costing more than $300 billion per year in health costs and productivity loss in the US.

Non-modifiable (there is nothing we can do to alter) risk factors are hereditary, age, gender and ethnicity. Modifiable risk factors are diabetes, overweight or obesity, metabolic syndromes, lack of physical activities, high blood pressure, smoking and high blood cholesterol levels. More than 80% of the death to diabetes patients are due to heart related complications and most are from acute coronary syndrome. Thus, if you are a diabetic patient, you are advised to know the risk factors, signs of acute coronary syndromes and ways to minimize the risks.

Common signs of acute coronary syndromes:

  • Pain or discomfort (back, areas between the shoulder blades, upper abdomen, shoulders, elbows, ears)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cool clammy skin
  • Arrhythmias 
  • Weak and light headedness
  • Anxiety/apprehension
  • Numbness or other signs.

How to prevent acute coronary syndromes:

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