Heart Disease and Diabetes
OHSU's Heart Disease & Diabetes Program is a specialty clinic for people with pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Every patient meets with both a cardiologist and endocrinologist, who collaborate on the best plan to reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetic complications. For appointments, call 503 494-1775.
The Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease
People with diabetes are struck by heart disease and stroke at twice the rate of the rest of the population. People with pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome also have increased cardiovascular risk. One reason for this increased risk is the lining of the blood vessels may become thicker and make it more difficult for blood to flow. An added danger is that some people at risk are less likely to feel the symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain. Fortunately, research shows that by establishing preventative measures early, your risk for cardiovascular events and complications from diabetes can be significantly reduced.
Meet Our Heart Disease & Diabetes Team
OHSU Heart and Diabetes experts specialize in the unique needs of people with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. At each visit, you meet with both a Knight Cardiovascular Institute cardiologist and an endocrinologist from the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center, who collaborate on the best plan for you. You also receive a 45 minute consultation with a dietician specialized in diabetes management and guidance regarding other available educational resources.