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Question
Posted by: Anne-Marie | 2018/08/29

Q.

Diabetic had a heart attack?

My tenant was a diabetic. He died more or less between evening 11 August 2018 to early morning 13 August 2018. See the background below. Was this a heart attack? His father said he had severe tooth pain (mistaken for jaw pain perhaps?). His face and chest were purple when he was found. He was lying face down. His sugar count went up above 23 at times. He did not use insulin via syringe but was only on tablets. Apparently he vomited a lot on Saturday and felt very tired and then drank Lucozade and RedBull(sugar free) and he got so cold that he had to put the heater on. The autopsy report will only be ready in1 months time. The death certificate apparently says that he died of unnatural causes. Could all these be signs of a heart attack?

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2018/08/31

Hi

It is very difficult to say. Most patients will die of a cardiovascular event(heart attack etc), so this is the most likely. It doesn't sound like a low glucose level was the problem. An infection is still possible

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