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Diabetes

Cardia Vision, LLC.

Radiologists & Cardiovascular Imaging Specialists located in Bellevue, WA

More than 10% of Americans have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at high risk for heart disease, sudden cardiac arrest, and even death. At Cardia Vision, LLC. in Bellevue, Washington, the only coronary CT angiogram imaging service in the Seattle area, board-certified radiologist Kimberly Brockenbrough, MD, identifies and helps prevent heart disease and its complications. For on-site cardiac scans using state-of-the-art equipment, call the office or click the online scheduler.

Diabetes Q & A

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes can cause symptoms such as:

  • Tiredness
  • Extreme thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness in your extremities
  • Tingling in your extremities
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Increased urinary frequency

Unfortunately, you can’t rely on these symptoms to tell you if you have diabetes. Usually, Type 2 diabetes — which affects up to 95% of diabetics — doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. You could have diabetes without having any obvious symptoms. 

Like diabetes, heart disease can develop without obvious symptoms, until a major event like a heart attack or stroke. Cardia Vision, LLC. recommends cardiac imaging for all diabetics starting at age 40 for men and 50 for women.

Why is cardiac imaging important for people with diabetes?

If you have diabetes, you’re at high risk for heart disease; diabetics are up to four times more likely to die of heart disease than those who don’t have diabetes. Among diabetics who die at age 65 or later, nearly 70% die of heart disease and more than 15% die of stroke. 

Heart health is one factor you can control when you have diabetes and that’s why cardiac imaging is so important. Through a Cardia Vision Scan, Dr. Brockenbrough can look into your heart vessels to find heart disease at any stage, from the earliest signs to the most advanced. 

Once you have a diagnosis, you can take the steps needed to improve your heart health and maybe even save your life. Cardiac imaging at Cardia Vision, LLC. helps you learn about heart disease when you can still do something about it. 

What can diabetics do to fight heart disease?

Once you know that you have heart disease, or that you’re at risk for it, Dr. Brockenbrough can help you take the steps necessary to get healthy. 

Common approaches to improve heart health include losing weight, managing high cholesterol, eating a healthy diet, and taking other specific steps recommended by Dr. Brockenbrough.

When it comes to diabetes and heart disease, knowledge is power. Find out about changes in your heart before it’s too late by scheduling a preventive coronary CT angiogram at Cardia Vision, LLC. now. Click the online scheduler or call the office today.