Diabetes & CVD

cvd-1When a person has diabetes, he or she is also more likely to develop heart disease. CVD is a major complication of diabetes and the leading cause of early death among diabetics. About 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke and adults are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes. The main reasons for this is that high blood glucose, the major characteristic of diabetes, increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, angina, and coronary artery disease. Additionally, diabetics also have higher incidences of high blood pressure (hypertension), obesity and disordered lipid metabolism and high blood lipid profiles, thus further contributing to their higher rates of CVD.

Baker IDI combines research into cardiovascular disease, diabetes and diabetic complications while also taking an active role in public health promotion and patient care and education. Patient care is focused on educating people with cardiovascular disease and diabetes with the skills and knowledge they need to try and slow down and, where possible, eliminate the progression of their disease before the patient is faced with more life threatening issues.

Baker IDI provides patient care, diagnosis and advice through its Specialist Diabetes Clinic and The Healthy Hearts Clinic in inner Melbourne.

Making an Appointment

cvd-2Appointments can be made by calling reception on (03) 8532 1800 or email

Free Heart Check

To book your free heart check at The Healthy Hearts Clinic, which is located within The Alfred hospital, call (03) 9076 3398 or email The clinic is open from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Address: Heart Centre, 3rd Floor WS Philip Block, Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne VIC 3004.

Clinic Hours

The clinic is open from 8.30am to 5pm.


Baker IDI Specialist Diabetes Clinic
Level 4, 99 Commercial Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia

Telephone: +61 (0)3 8532 1800
Facsimile: +61 (0)3 8532 1899