AHA: Sudden Death Tracks Diabetes
In Danish study risk was significantly higher for young adults with diabetes
by Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
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Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Note that this Danish population-based cohort study found that younger individuals with diabetes have dramatically higher rates of death and sudden death than patients without diabetes.
Most of the patients in the study had type 1 disease, which may carry a different risk profile than type 2 disease.
ANAHEIM Young men and women diagnosed with diabetes appear to be at a greater risk of sudden cardiac death than their peers who do not have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, researchers from Denmark reported here.
Overall, individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes are almost five times more likely to die of any cause, said Jesper Svane, BM, a medical student at University Hospital Copenhagen who scrutinized Danish national records to compared outcomes of younger people age 35 or younger with and without diabetes.
In his oral presentation at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, Svane said the standardized mortality ratio was 234.9 per 100,000 person-years for people with diabetes and 50.9 per 100,000 person-years for persons without a diabetes diagnosis or a 4.6-fold higher mortality rate (P<0.0001).
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