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Tak Yuen’s life-threatening heart disease symptoms occurred suddenly, but the contributing factor to his illness—diabetes—had been taking its toll on his body for years, says George Fernaine, MD, Yuen’s cardiologist.
“People with diabetes should be evaluated by a cardiologist because they are at the highest risk of having unrecognized, undiagnosed heart disease,” says Dr. Fernaine. “With Tak, diabetes had been causing a buildup of plaque in his arteries for years.”
In New York State, 10 percent of the population have a diabetes diagnosis, and one-third of the population has prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Rates in Brooklyn are slightly higher, at nearly 12 percent.