HealthDay News - "Gene May Raise Diabetics' Chances of Heart Disease"
Some people with type 2 diabetes might be at higher risk for heart disease if they also carry a particular type of gene, new research reveals.
Experts lauded the research, saying it expands scientists' understanding of the connection between diabetes and heart disease. "Not only did [the researchers] find a new gene that is linked to coronary heart disease, they identified that this gene will only increase the risk of coronary heart disease if the patient also has diabetes. In persons without diabetes this gene has no effect," said Jason Kovacic, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
- Dr. Jason Kovacic, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center