Diabetes: Sudden cardiac death risk sevenfold higher in young people
The preliminary findings of a study from Denmark suggest that children and young adults with diabetes may have seven times the risk of sudden cardiac death of young people without it.
The study — led by researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark — was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017, held this week in Anaheim, CA.
Its findings also revealed that children and young adults with diabetes may have eight times the risk of dying from any type of heart disease compared with peers without diabetes.
The researchers suggest that the reason for the raised risk might be because diabetes causes abnormalities in blood vessels.
"Although we have become better at helping people manage both type 1 and type 2 diabetes," says study contributor Jesper Svane, a postgraduate medical research student at Copenhagen University Hospital, "it is still associated with increased risk of death, especially among young people."
Sudden cardiac death
Sudden cardiac death is that which occurs as a result of sudden cardiac arrest, a deadly condition wherein the heart suddenly stops pumping and cannot send blood to the lungs, brain, and other organs.
It results in an almost instant loss of pulse and consciousness, followed by certain death within minutes if the affected person does not receive immediate treatment.
The trigger for sudden cardiac arrest is thought to be an abrupt malfunction in the heart's electrical system, which maintains the steady rhythm of pumping essential for effective blood circulation. Such a malfunction gives rise to irregular he Continue reading