Diabetes Specialist

A. Bahjat Shahbandar, M.D., FACC -  - Cardiovascular Physician

Shahbandar Heart Clinic

A. Bahjat Shahbandar, M.D., FACC

Cardiovascular Specialist located in Rochester Hills & Romeo, MI

Diabetes is one of the most controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which is a primary cause of stroke. Ahmad Shahbandar, MD, is an experienced cardiologist who founded Shahbandar Heart Clinic to provide innovative and personalized cardiac care to men and women with diabetes in Rochester Hills, Michigan. To reduce your risk of heart disease complications due to diabetes, call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a glucose disorder in which your body’s blood sugar is too high. Your pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that regulates your glucose. With diabetes, your pancreas either doesn’t produce insulin or doesn’t use it effectively.

When your blood sugar is high for extended periods of time, it increases your risk of other health conditions, especially heart disease. In fact, adults with diabetes are actually two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than those without. It’s also common for people with diabetes to develop heart disease at a younger age.

How does diabetes increase your risk of heart disease?

Over time, high blood sugar can cause permanent damage to your blood vessels as well as the nerves controlling your heart and blood vessels. The longer you’ve had diabetes, the higher your risk of heart disease.

Heart disease describes several heart conditions. The most common is coronary artery disease. When you have coronary artery disease, your blood vessels narrow, causing problems like arrhythmias and angina as well as serious complications like heart attack and stroke. When you have a stroke, the blood flow to your brain is disrupted and brain cells die.

In addition to the physical damage diabetes can cause, people with diabetes often have other health conditions that increase their risks of heart disease. These include:

  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity or belly fat
  • High blood pressure
  • Sedentary lifestyles

Your chances of developing heart disease also increase if you smoke or have a history of heart disease in your family.

How can a diabetic reduce the risk of coronary heart disease?

Dr. Shahbandar develops treatment strategies personalized for men and women with diabetes to reduce their risk of heart disease, especially coronary artery disease. Depending on your situation, this might include helping you manage existing medical conditions like cholesterol, high blood pressure, or blood glucose.

In addition to medications that can treat heart conditions, Dr. Shahbandar also makes heart-healthy lifestyle recommendations specific to diabetes management, such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Following a low-calorie, high-fiber diet
  • Weight loss or weight management techniques
  • Exercise and physical activity strategies

Call Shahbandar Heart Clinic or book an appointment online today to learn how Dr. Shahbandar can help manage your diabetes and protect your heart’s health.