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DALLAS, June 6, 2019 — People with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for heart failure and many people have both diseases, which requires careful medical management.

 A scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America brings the management of both diabetes and heart failure into one document and describes new approaches to medications, lifestyle modifications as well as highlighting the importance of multi-disciplinary care that includes physicians, nurses, registered dieticians, social workers and other allied professionals.

 The statement is published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

 Authors are: writing group chair Shannon M. Dunlay, M.D., M.S., co-chair

Michael M. Givertz, M.D., David Aguilar, M.D.; Larry A. Allen, M.D., M.H.S.; Michael Chan, M.B.B.S.; Akshay S. Desai, M.D., M.P.H.; Anita Deswal, M.D., M.P.H.; Victoria Vaughan Dickson, Ph.D., R.N.; Mikhail N. Kosiborod, M.D.; Carolyn L. Lekavich, Ph.D., M.S.N., Rozalina G. McCoy, M.D., M.S.; Robert J. Mentz, M.D.; Ileana L. Piña, M.D., M.P.H. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

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