Most of us are aware of the typical symptoms of a heart attack – pressure in the chest, nausea, cold sweat and pain from the chest traveling to the shoulders, neck, arms or jaw.
But, did you know that a heart attack can show up differently in diabetic and non-diabetic patients?
In patients with diabetes, due to the higher concentration of sugar in the blood, plaque builds up on the wall of the blood vessels. This causes the vessels to narrow, and restricts the flow of blood through them. Over time, the nerves that depend on these vessels for nutrients become damaged. When motor and sensory nerves are damaged, the symptoms of heart attack is masked. This is why some patients with diabetes may not experience any typical symptoms before facing heart failure or sudden death.