It’s time to talk type 2 diabetes and heart health with your doctor

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1. Track your personal details

Personalize your discussion guide with your name and age.

Your age may cause your doctor to think about risk factors for heart disease.

A little about you can go a long way




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2. Tell your doctor about your risk factors for heart disease

Several factors can put you at an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Prevention is key and you have the power to control some of these risk factors.

a) Here are the medical conditions that affect me (check all that apply)

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2. Tell your doctor about your risk factors for heart disease

Several factors can put you at an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Prevention is key and you have the power to control some of these risk factors.

b) Here are the lifestyle risk factors that affect me (check all that apply)

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3. Talk to your doctor

Knowing what to ask your doctor ahead of time can help you get the most out of your appointment.

Here are some questions you can ask

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Should I be concerned about my heart health or my risk of heart disease?

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What day-to-day changes can I make to lower my risk of heart disease?

Question-3

What other factors can contribute to my risk of heart disease?

Question-4

What else can I do to manage my heart health?

Question-5

Am I on a medication that can reduce my risk of dying from problems related to my heart
and blood vessels?

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Download, print or email your personalized doctor’s discussion guide and bring it with you to your next appointment – and keep your heart top of mind




a) Here are the medical conditions that affect me (check all that apply)

b) Here are the lifestyle risk factors that affect me (check all that apply)

Here are some questions you can ask

Question-1

Should I be concerned about my heart health or my risk of heart disease?

Question-2

What day-to-day changes can I make to lower my risk of heart disease?

Question-3

What other factors can contribute to my risk of heart disease?

Question-4

What else can I do to manage my heart health?

Question-5

Am I on a medication that can reduce my risk of dying from problems related to my heart
and blood vessels?

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It’s time to talk type 2 diabetes and heart health with your doctor

This guide was designed to help you get the most out of your next appointment.

Build your personalized doctor’s discussion guide

  1. Track some personal details
  2. Tell your doctor about your risk factors for heart disease
    1. Medical conditions
    2. Lifestyle risk factors
  3. Talk to your doctor

Quick reference discussion guide

Don’t feel like completing a personalized guide? Use this quick reference discussion guide to start a conversation with your doctor.

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Keep your heart top of mind

Understanding heart disease and its relation to type 2 diabetes may help you have a more meaningful conversation with your doctor.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is a group of conditions that can affect the structure and functions of the heart and its blood vessels. It occurs when the heart, or the blood vessels supplying blood to the heart, have been damaged.

What is the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

Diabetes puts you at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, which are two of the most common causes of death from type 2 diabetes.

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2–4x more likely to develop heart disease than people without diabetes

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May develop heart disease 15 years earlier compared to people without diabetes

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Over 3x more likely to be hospitalized for heart health problems

1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes

1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes dies due to heart disease

How can you protect your heart?

Proper management of type 2 diabetes may help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes complications such as heart disease.

There are also medications available in Canada that are indicated, along with diet and exercise, to reduce the risk of dying from events related to the heart or blood vessels if you have type 2 diabetes and a history of heart disease. Talk to your doctor for more information about these treatment options.

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