SAN DIEGO – Congestion secondary to advanced heart failure appears to cause type 2 diabetes in a significant subgroup of patients, based on suggestive findings from a series of recently reported studies, Dr. Maya Guglin said during an interview at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Guglin reviewed convergent findings from several groups of patients who received left ventricular assist devices to treat advanced heart failure. The analyses all showed that many, though not a majority, of those patients also had type 2 diabetes. Soon after patients received an assist device, the type 2 diabetes uniformly improved – and in many cases, glycemic control normalized.
Dr. Guglin, who has named this condition “cardiogenic diabetes,” said that reducing congestion with an assist device or with diuretic treatment seems the best way to both reduce congestion and improve or resolve the diabetes.
Those treatments will “improve quality of life, reduce hospital admissions for heart failure, and also improve the course of diabetes,” said Dr. Guglin, professor of medicine and medical director of the ventricular assist device program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Dr. Guglin had no disclosures.