Diabetes causes blockages in arteries – FBC Information

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Many Fijians with diabetes have their limbs amputated due to blockages in their arteries.

Around 15 percent of the adult population in Fiji have diabetes and around 40 percent of all operations are amputations.

Dr. Prakash Gore, Interventional Cardiologist at Oceania Hospital, says early detection and treatment is critical to preventing limb loss.

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“We have facilities here at Oceania Hospital and we do the hand and leg angiograms. We can also stent these arteries. They are also able to do this in the CWM. The sooner we can screen patients for symptoms that we can treat before it’s too late. “

Dr. Gore says awareness is important so that Fijians can present themselves early and that quick referrals are also important.

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