People with Type 2 diabetes are especially at greater risk of developing the following kinds of heart disease:
- Coronary artery disease (CAD): In this condition, there is a slow build up of fatty deposit or plaque within the walls of the arteries of the heart. When one of these fatty deposits breaks and lodges in another part of the artery, it results in a heart attack or CAD.
- Congestive heart failure: This is a chronic condition where the heart is unable to pump blood effectively. A person with this condition is likely to experience classic symptoms such as shortness of breath along with swelling in the legs.
Due to their predisposition to vascular abnormalities, diabetics are at a higher risk of developing several other vascular conditions such as peripheral artery disease, kidney disease, diabetic retinopathy, cholesterol abnormalities and diabetic foot.