Diabetes drug choice ‘key’ to protect the heart

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Professor Tom Marwick
Professor Tom Marwick.

Earlier introduction of heart-protective anti-hyperglycaemic drugs for people with diabetes could reduce their risk of heart failure, a leading cardiologist says.

Professor Tom Marwick, director of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, says a recent global study quantifying the risk of heart failure in patients with diabetes underlines the need for better prevention strategies.