Patients with diabetes are at tremendous risk of developing a major cardiovascular event, such as myocardial infarction or stroke. The optimal care for a patient with diabetes is to address and manage the multiple modifiable risk factors in an ongoing and goal-oriented manner. Optimal control of blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking cessation, appropriate use of antiplatelet agents, and good glycemic control are examples of cardiovascular risk factors that the primary care provider needs to attend to. Below are resources that may guide a health care practice in its efforts to reduce the risk of patients with diabetes having a cardiovascular event.

Cardiovascular Resources

Resource Link Brief Description of Resource
AHA/ADA Scientific Statement: Update on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Light of Recent Evidence Scientific statement: American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association

An article discussing the prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults with type 2 diabetes.
AHA/ADA Scientific Statement: Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Cardiovascular Disease Scientific statement: American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association

An article outlining the relationship between type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management Standards: American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care

A tool addressing cardiovascular disease and risk management.
Improving Diabetes Care in Practice: Findings from the TRANSLATE trial Article: American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care

An article outlining improvements in diabetes care in practice based on findings from the TRANSLATE trial.
Toolkit for Implementing the Chronic Care Model in an Academic Environment: LDL Program Case study: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

LDL Program

A case study showing a program to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) rates to meet the Adult Treatment Panel (ATP III) guideline of less than 100 mg/dL.