Scientists find an important cause of heart failure

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Scientists from Mayo Clinic in Rochester found that diabetes can independently lead to heart failure.

The research is published in Mayo Clinic Proceeding and was conducted by Horng Chen et al.

Heart problems are a common development for people with diabetes.

In fact, about 33% of people in the U.S. admitted to the hospital for heart failure also have diabetes.

Heart failure may be the result of a co-condition, such as hypertension or coronary heart disease, but not always.

In the study, the team examined the idea of diabetic cardiomyopathy and heart failure from the effects of diabetes alone.

They evaluated the long-term impact of diabetes on the development of heart failure, both with preserved ejection fraction—a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving the heart with each contraction—and reduced ejection fraction.

They also looked at mortality in a community population, controlling for high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and diastolic function.

Over the 10-year follow-up period, 21% of participants with diabetes developed heart failure, independent of other causes.

In comparison, only 12% of patients without diabetes developed heart failure.

The study shows that diabetes is an independent risk factor for the development of heart failure in the community-dwelling population.

Furthermore, the outcome data support the concept of diabetic cardiomyopathy.

This research extends previous findings and demonstrates that even without a known cardiac structural abnormality and with a normal ejection fraction, diabetic patients are still at increased risk of developing heart failure as compared to people without diabetes.

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