Heart Surgery and Diabetes - Southlake Regional Health Centre

Ria Torr, MN, NP-Adult, Nurse, discusses the effect of surgery on blood glucose levels and how high sugars are treated during this time. Southlake Regional Health Centre

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Ria Torr, MN, NP-Adult, Nurse, discusses the effect of surgery on blood glucose levels and how high sugars are treated during this time. Southlake Regional Health Centre
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Featuring Ria Torr, MN, NP- Adult, Nurse

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Patients who have type 2 diabetes and undergo cardiovascular surgery may be at a greater risk for infection and for poor healing. It’s important to optimize the glycemic control while they’re in the hospital. Sometimes this means using insulin, but that doesn’t mean that patients are going to be discharged on insulin if they weren’t on it before the surgery.

Patients who undergo surgery have a test called a hemoglobin A1C done before the surgery, which can either diagnose them with a new onset type 2 diabetes, or tells us how well their diabetes is being managed in the community on the regiment that they’re on now.

The stress of the surgery, however, causes elevated blood sugars, and in order to control or manage these sugars we do use insulin. It’s important to continue to manage your blood sugars once you’re discharged from the hospital to optimize your recovery. You can work with your family doctor or with the diabetic education center to maximize your recovery.

Presenter: Ria Torr, Nurse, Newmarket, ON

Local Practitioners: Nurse

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.