Early heart surgery may benefit diabetics

Individuals with type 2 diabetes face significant heart health risk, which they often struggle against for the remainder of their lives. However, a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions has found that seeking surgical procedures to open up blocked arteries soon after receiving a diagnosis of the condition may significantly improve diabetics' condition.

Typically, diabetics with poor heart health are prescribed medications to help them control their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, the researchers pointed out that high blood sugar levels may damage nerves throughout the body. This may leave patients unaware of chest pain that may indicate a worsening of their condition.

The study from Emory University researchers found that when bypass surgery is provided early enough, it can open up blood flow to the heart without forcing the patient to wait and see if their heart health gets worse.

"This study revealed that revascularization had a greater benefit in reducing the extent of ischemia - areas with reduced blood flow - which is often important in controlling symptoms," said Leslee J. Shaw, who led the investigation.

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