More Than 10 Percent of Heart Attack Patients May Have Undiagnosed Diabetes
Baltimore, MD ― At least 10 percent of people who have a heart attack may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.
Researchers studied data on 2,854 heart attack patients who did not have a known diagnosis of diabetes in 24 U.S. hospitals to understand the prevalence and recognition of undiagnosed diabetes. They tested the patients’ A1C levels - a standard test to determine blood sugar levels for the past 2-3 months.
“Diagnosing diabetes in patients who have had a heart attack is important because of the role diabetes plays in heart disease,” said Suzanne V. Arnold, M.D., M.H.A., the study’s lead author and assistant professor at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. “By recognizing and treating diabetes early, we may be able to prevent additional cardiovascular complications through diet, weight loss and lifestyle changes in addition to taking medications. Another important reason to diagnose diabetes at the time of heart attack is that it can guide the treatments for the patient’s coronary artery disease.” Continue>
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