diabetes complications

By clj01 Latest Reply 2011-04-29 03:12:21 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 20:58:19 -0500

Today has been a life changing day for me. I have just been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. My doctor told me of the risk of stroke that is associated with atrial fibrillation. She tells me that this is not directly a result of my diabetes, but it has me wondering if others have this same problem and what they were told. I know that we are all aware of the increased risk of heart disease and stroke that is associated with diabetes. If you care to share it might be helpful to know what others have been told when faced with new health problems that may be due to diabetes.

Thank you in advance.

5 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-28 06:41:03 -0500 Report

Nothing like being told you have another demon to fight to bring you up short. Both my Father and Father-in-law had A fib. There were times their hearts would get out of rythm. My Dad was told he was Pre Diabetic. My Father-in-law had moved away from us by the time his heart condition began. I can't remember if he ever had Diabetes. I don't think he did. My Dad's brother has diabetes and had/has heart problems. I think his diagnoses was chronic heart failure. His daughter hasn't mentioned his heart problems when we've talked recently.
There is a community here that is for people with heart conditions. Did your Dr. start you on a blood thnning program? Often it is a baby asprin a day. Sometimes it is another blood thinner like Coumadin.
My go to sources for info starts with the Mayo Clinic web page. The American Heart Association has a website. Then I start googling for other info.

clj01 2011-04-28 13:10:42 -0500 Report

It's interesting that you mention aspirin as I have been on it for several years with a larger dose of 325mg daily. I am also on Metoprolol which is one of the meds they prescribe when diagnosed with a-fib. I asked my doctor why those two medications didn't protect me from a-fib, and she really couldn't give me a good answer. I still think it goes back to the diabetes connection.

jayabee52 2011-04-29 03:12:21 -0500 Report

My bride "Jem" had CHF for 20 years by the time of her passing. She had a-fib, tachycardia. Because she had Lupis (SLE) she was not a candidate for a heart transplant. Her care was coordinated by the heart transplant clinic for Kaiser, and they impressed me with the job they did keeping her alive for 20 yrs. They tried "cardioversion" to try to get her heart into sinus rythmn. but both times they tried it they failed. And for some reason they could not implant a pacemaker.

She also needed lung and kidney transplants too but was deferred for the same reason — SLE.

Here's a link to EMedicine on A-Fib: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/atrial_fibrill...

Jem said that her DMt2 was caused by her heart problem, according to her Drs, not the other way 'round. I hadn't heard that before, but couldn't diapute it.

Prayers for improvement of your condition, Craig.


GabbyPA 2011-04-27 08:46:24 -0500 Report

So far I have not been diagnosed with such complications, but there is a good article on it that talks about why they are so closely related. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/5175-diabetes-and-heart-disease-an-intimate-connection

Maybe there is some information in there that you can take to your doctor to ask more questions. I know it changed your life, but let it be a change for the good in that you look at things a little differently. What you learn can help all of us.

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