UA Sarver Heart Center Presents: ‘The Diabetes/Heart Disease Connection,’ Sept. 28


TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in collaboration with the Women’s Heart Health Education Committee will address the link between heart disease and diabetes at a “Lunch and Learn” program for the community on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The link begins with prediabetes, a condition that affects about 84 million people in the U.S. and 9 out of 10 are unaware of their diagnoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 30 million adults have diabetes and 1 in 4 adults are unaware of their condition, placing them at great risk to develop heart disease. Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke and at an earlier age than people without diabetes, according to the CDC.

David Marrero, PhDDavid G. Marrero, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Border Health Disparities, will explain why diabetes often leads to cardiovascular disease and provide an overview of risk factors people can control. Dr. Marrero also is professor of public health at the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and professor of medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Linda Dingle, RN, CDELinda Dingle, RN, CDE, a public health nurse and certified diabetes educator with Pima County Health Department will outline steps people can take to control their risk factors and lead healthier lives. Ms. Dingle also is lead trainer with the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program at the University of Illinois, and lifestyle coach with the National Diabetes Prevention Program at Emory University.

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, chief of cardiology and professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will moderate the discussion.

The Diabetes/Heart Disease Connection will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St. in Tucson. The $15 registration fee includes information and a box lunch. To register online:

For more information about the UA Sarver Heart Center, please visit

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center’s 160 members include faculty from cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric cardiology, neurology, vascular surgery, radiology, endocrinology, emergency medicine, nursing, pharmacy and basic sciences. The UA Sarver Heart Center emphasizes a highly collaborative research environment, fostering innovative translational or “bench-to-bedside” research and working toward a future free of heart disease and stroke. If you would like to give permission for Sarver Heart Center to contact you about heart research studies, please complete a Cardiology Research Registry Information Form. The academic mission of the Sarver Heart Center encompasses four fellowship programs in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, and electrophysiology.

Katie Maass,, 520-626-4083

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