Management of diabetes and acute coronary syndromes

O¿donovan, Kate
August 2012
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing;Aug2012, Vol. 7 Issue 8, p370
Academic Journal
Diabetes is one of the leading risk factors for the development of acute coronary syndromes with an increased inherent risk for mortality and morbidity. Rather than the classic symptom of chest pain an atypical presentation or silent ischaemia is common. This atypical presentation can be attributed to the presence of autonomic neuropathy. Glycaemic control and evidence-based treatment strategies decrease this risk. Aside from acute management once stabilised secondary prevention should be aggressive with the aim of preventing future events. Cardiovascular nurses have a central role in the acute management and secondary prevention in this patient population.


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