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Diabetes Watch Blog: Diabetes May Cause Sudden Cardiac Death

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Nov 20, 2005

Diabetes May Cause Sudden Cardiac Death

Diabetes May Cause Sudden Cardiac Death
Presence of diabetes in a person is very strongly associated with the risk of sudden cardiac death and the amount of risk is related to the severity of diabetes. These conclusions are from a recent study published in the European Heart Journal.

"The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in industrialized countries is rapidly increasing, and diabetes is suspected to carry a particularly high risk for sudden cardiac death," Dr. Xavier Jouven, of Universite Paris-5, France, and colleagues wrote.

The researchers examined the association between blood sugar level, diabetes and the risk of sudden cardiac death among individuals enrolled in the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound.

The study included 2,040 subjects who experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest between 1980 and 1994. They were compared with 3,800 control subjects, derived from a random sample of enrollees.

The researchers classified the subjects as having no diabetes, borderline diabetes, diabetes without disease of the small blood vessels, and diabetes with disease of the small blood vessels.

After accounting for potential contributing factors, the team found a progressively higher risk of sudden cardiac death associated with borderline diabetes (24 per cent), diabetes without disease of the small blood vessels (73 per cent), and diabetes with disease of the small blood vessels (266 per cent) compared with no diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can promote disease of the small blood vessels without causing symptoms, they note, which might contribute to sudden cardiac death risk.




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