Researchers included 700,000 people in the study. All of them were hospitalized with a heart attack between January 2003 and June 2013. About 121,000 had diabetes.
“Although these days people are more likely than ever to survive a heart attack, we need to place greater focus on the long-term effects of diabetes in heart attack survivors,” he added in a university news release.
An important step is to strengthen the partnership between primary care doctors, doctors who treat heart problems (cardiologists), and doctors who treat diabetes (endocrinologists), Gale said. He added that doctors need to make sure that high-risk patients are getting established medications as effectively as possible.
This study couldn’t show a cause-and-effect relationship. So, researchers now want to figure out exactly why people with diabetes have a higher risk of death after a heart attack.
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