Journal article

Screening for heart disease in diabetic subjects

ZY Fang, R Schull-Meade, R Leano, PM Mottram, JB Prins, TH Marwick

AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), coronary artery disease, and subclinical cardiomyopathy in diabetic patients without known cardiac disease is unclear. We sought the frequency of these findings to determine whether plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) could be used as an alternative screening tool to identify subclinical LV dysfunction. METHODS: Asymptomatic patients with diabetes mellitus without known cardiac disease (n = 101) underwent clinical evaluation, measurement of BNP, exercise stress testing, and detailed echocardiographic assessment. After exclusion of overt dysfunction or ischemia, subclinical myocardial function was sought on the basis of myoc..

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