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[IP] Heart Disease and Diabetes
From: "Tara" <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] heart disease and type 'a' personality....
Lately I've been having symptoms that scare me. The first episode went
this: I was sitting down watching tv after dinner and started to feel short
of breath. I got up and then felt dizzy. I then checked my pulse and it
was 60/bpm. This has happened a few times in the last month. I checked my
bg and it was 126. I told my dr. and she is sending me for an EKG. I read
some articles on the web about heart disease and diabetic women. Pretty
scarey. Supposedly, symptoms for heart disease in diabetic woman are hard
to pick up because they affect the small blood vessels not the large ones.
I am also a type 'A' personality and get stressed easily, which is another
reason why I'm worried. Can anyone offer any advice as far as getting the
tests that will find the problem if there is one?
IDDM 16 years, pumping 8 months
Just yesterday I had my first visit to a "Lipid" specialist (Pulmonary),
although symptom free, I had an elevated Lipid Profile (called a VAP)
showing the LDL(a) almost twice the number is "should be". My Endo
recommended him, and they are across the hall from each other at the
Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, AL. This Doctor, Dr. Jere Segrest, assisted
in a study done for Zocar.
Several thousand people were studied and it was found that diabetic women,
even with good control, have a 16 times greater chance of having a stroke
than men or non diabetic people. He said that all diabetic women would be
wise to consider themselves as someone with heart disease. Although my
cholesterol levels (good and bad) are fine, he said he was going to look at
me as someone with heart disease and prescribed 10 mg Zocar as preventative
medicine, like taking that baby aspirin every day, which we all ought to be
Thought you might be interested in that. As far as getting stressed and
being type A personality, I was also. Then I got diabetes, started
meditating, and life is good, and much calmer. Now I don't even have a
problem with "road rage". Meditation really has done wonderful things for
me. Just Food For Thought.
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