Diabetics Face Increased Cardiac Risks, Study Finds
Individuals with diabetes have a higher risk for death from heart attacks than those who do not have the disease, according to a study conducted by Elliott Antman and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA Today reports.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from 11 clinical trials conducted between 1997 and 2006 that included 62,036 patients who had experienced acute coronary syndromes, which include conditions that range from unstable angina to mild or severe heart attacks; 10,613 of those participants had diabetes.
According to the study, after one year, participants who had diabetes and experienced mild heart attacks had the same risk for death as participants who did not have the disease and experienced severe heart attacks (Manning, USA Today, 8/15). An abstract of the study is available online.