January 22, 2009
MAURY REGIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION GROUP DISCUSSES CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
COLUMBIA, Tenn. –The Diabetes Education Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will host a meeting titled “Cardiovascular Risk Factors” on Tuesday, February 3, in the medical center’s Private Dining Room 1 at 11:30 a.m. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free event.
Kyle Fortman, physician assistant for South Central Heart Group, will discuss possible cardiovascular risk factors for those with diabetes. Fortman will discuss hypertension and elevated cholesterol levels and their connections to coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes.
“The most life-threatening consequences of diabetes are heart disease and stroke, which strike people with diabetes more than twice as often as they do others,” said Donna Shedd, RN, and diabetes program coordinator at MRMC. “Most of the cardiovascular complications related to diabetes have to do with the way the heart pumps blood through the body. Diabetes can change the chemical makeup of some of the substances found in the blood and this can cause blood vessels to narrow or to clog up completely. Kyle Fortman will discuss this and steps one can take to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke .”