Mild coronary artery disease puts diabetics at cardiovascular risk (St. Paul's Hospital)
New study results dispute the belief that diabetic patients with mild or non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) have a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and death than their counterparts with obstructive disease.
The study of more than 8000 patients with diabetes determined that those with mild CAD face the same relative risk for MACE or death as individuals with a serious single-vessel obstructive disease, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver who presented the findings at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
The patients involved in the study underwent cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to determine the extent of their CAD. According to a press release, the researchers relied on data from the Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation for Clinical Outcomes: An International Multicenter Registry, which was developed to establish the prognostic value of CCTA for predicting adverse cardiac events related to CAD.
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