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Recent study says diabetes drugs could increase risk of heart failure

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Recent study says diabetes drugs could increase risk of heart failure

A study was presented at the American College of Cardiology in San Diego that said patients with Type 2 diabetes who use drugs to manage to lower their blood sugar may be at a higher risk for heart failure.

Nearly 100,000 people were used in this trial.  Four percent experienced a heart failure during the individual trial and 9.8% experienced a major event like a stroke or heart attack.  A heart failure does not mean the heart stops working.  It is a case when the heart does not pump enough blood around the body at the correct pressure.

Several different drugs and treatment methods were tested during the trials.  Overall, the study showed a 14% increase in likelihood of heart failure for patients who took drugs to lower blood sugar levels.

Weight loss strategies proved to have a much lower risk for heart failure.  Breathlessness, tiredness and swollen ankles are the main symptoms of heart failure.

Please consult your physician with any concerns you have about your diabetes or heart condition.

 

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