Researchers at the School of Medicine have received a $4.7 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate heart disease in patients with diabetes.
“Diabetes is an incredibly common problem,” says Jean E. Schaffer, MD, the Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine and director of the Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center (DCDC). “It affects a huge swath of the population. Importantly, people with diabetes don’t just have a metabolic disorder. They develop complications in many organs. And one of the most deadly complications is heart disease. We’re particularly interested in why people with diabetes suffer from unusually severe forms of heart disease.”
For reasons not fully understood, people with diabetes are more likely to develop blockages in arteries. After a heart attack, the course of the subsequent heart disease is more aggressive than in people without diabetes. Even independent of blocked arteries, there is evidence that their hearts do not function like those of individuals without diabetes.
The featured article was originally published Outlook magazine: Heart disease and diabetes: Collaborative research effort to examine the link between diabetes and heart disease