Victoza® helps lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death

With type 2 diabetes, your risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes is significantly greater than the risk for someone without diabetes. That’s why it’s important to take a type 2 diabetes medicine like Victoza® that not only lowers A1C, but also reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes who are currently treating their disease.

Heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes

Heart disease (which includes heart attack) is the leading cause of death in the United States, while stroke is 5th (behind cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents). Having type 2 diabetes puts you at significantly greater risk for both heart attack and stroke. Part of the reason for this is that people with type 2 diabetes are often treating other conditions that add to their risk for developing cardiovascular disease, such as:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity

Lack of physical activity and smoking can also lead to cardiovascular disease. Over time, high blood sugar caused by type 2 diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. So the longer you have type 2 diabetes, the greater your risk is for developing heart disease. In fact, people with type 2 diabetes who reach their A1C goal are still at risk for heart attack and stroke.

Victoza® reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in people with type 2 diabetes treating their cardiovascular disease

In a major medical study in adults with type 2 diabetes being treated for established cardiovascular disease, Victoza®:

  • Lowered the risk of nonfatal heart attack, nonfatal stroke, or cardiovascular death by 13%
  • Significantly reduced the risk of cardiovascular death by 22%

Symptoms of heart attack and stroke

Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, and getting help quickly, could save your life one day. Please take note of these heart attack and stroke symptoms:

Heart attack

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching feeling in your chest or arms
  • Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness


  • Sudden weakness or droopiness of the face, or issues with your vision
  • Sudden weakness or numbness in one or both arms
  • Difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or garbled speech

If you have type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease, be sure to ask your health care provider if Victoza® is right to help you lower your risk for major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack, stroke, or death.

Be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.

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