The combination of diabetes and heart disease reduces life expectancy by fifteen years
The close relationship between diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be the main topic of the international symposium entitled “Risky crossroad: diabetes, coronary artery disease and heart failure” to be held in Belgrade (Serbia) from 28 to 30 September 2017.
“The association between diabetes, hypertension, obesity and coronary disease is well known and makes a person with diabetes susceptible to heart failure”, explains Petar M. Seferović, Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Belgrade, Director of Cardiology at the University Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of Belgrade, and Chairman of the symposium. “Coronary disease and death are more frequent with a reduction in life expectancy in people with diabetes. According to recent studies, a person aged between sixty and seventy who suffers from a combination of diabetes and heart disease has a reduction in life expectancy of approximately fifteen years. Moreover, already by itself, diabetes increases the risk of heart failure 3.8 times more in men and 5.5 times more in women”.
The symposium, organised by the Department of Internal Medicine of the Medical School of the University of Belgrade and promoted by the Fondazione Internazionale Menarini, will be inaugurated on 28 September with an opening ceremony in the Town Hall of Belgrade, while on 29 and 30 September it will continue in the Metropole Palace Hotel.