Diagnosis of coronary artery disease in persons with diabetes mellitus.
ABSTRACT Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes. Asymptomatic CHD in these patients is elusive and carries a poor prognosis given the fact that an unheralded acute myocardial infarction or sudden cardiac death frequently constitutes its first presentation. Because effective screening for asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes for both the presence and severity of CHD is intuitively appealing, we have summarized the utility and prognostic value of various diagnostic modalities (both functionally and anatomically) in enhancing risk stratification and leading to improved and more aggressive management of the risk factors. There exist some evidence and recommendations for screening of asymptomatic persons with diabetes using certain modalities. More research is needed to define potential subsets of patients with diabetes who may benefit from additional testing for asymptomatic CHD.
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ABSTRACT: Considering the reduced ability of cardiac fibroblasts to release adenosine and increased ability of interstitial adenosine uptake during diabetes mellitus, the present study investigated the effect of adenosine preconditioning and the existence of cross-talk with opioid receptor activation in the diabetic rat heart subjected to ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). Langendorff-perfused normal and streptozotocin (65 mg/kg, i.p., once)-administered diabetic (after 8-weeks) rat hearts were subjected to 30-min global ischemia and 120-min reperfusion. Myocardial infarct size using triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining, markers of cardiac injury such as lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK-MB) release, coronary flow rate (CFR) and myocardial oxidative stress were assessed. The diabetic rat heart showed high degree of I/R injury with increased LDH and CK-MB release, high oxidative stress and reduced CFR as compared to the normal rat heart. The adenosine preconditioning (10 μM) afforded cardioprotection against I/R injury in the normal rat heart that was prevented by naloxone (100 μM) pre-treatment. Conversely, adenosine preconditioning-induced cardioprotection was abolished in the diabetic rat heart. However, co-administration of dipyridamole (100 μM), adenosine reuptake inhibitor, markedly restored the cardioprotective effect of adenosine preconditioning in the diabetic rat heart, and this effect was also abolished by naloxone pre-treatment. The reduced myocardial availability of extracellular adenosine might explain the inability of adenosine preconditioning to protect the diabetic myocardium. The pharmacological elevation of extracellular adenosine restores adenosine preconditioning-mediated cardioprotection in the diabetic myocardium by possibly involving opioid receptor activation.Cardiovascular toxicology 09/2012; DOI:10.1007/s12012-012-9182-y · 2.06 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a heterogeneous metabolic disorder characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia, higher glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) as well as protein. Oxidative stress can cause damage to leukocytic DNA and enhancement of homocysteine (Hcy) level in sera of type 2 diabetic patients. Haematological and biochemical parameters are severely affected by oxidative stress, which results in damages to DNA and Hcy in these patients. Eighty DM patients and 80 normal subjects, after having their consent, were selected for the present study. Leukocytes were characterized for DNA damage by comet assay kit while, blood plasma was taken into account for biochemical indices using commercial test kits. Results indicated that DNA damage was strongly linked with erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (P<0.01), glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) (P<0.0001), glycated serum protein (P<0.005), cholesterol (P<0.011), triglycerides (P<0.001), albumin (P<0.001), creatinine (P<0.006), urea (P<0.007) and ALT (P<0.02), and negatively associated with packed cell volume (PCV) (P<0.002) and hemoglobin (P<0.001). Homocysteine was strongly linked with ESR, HbA1C, glycated protein (P<0.002), cholesterol (P<0.016), triglycerides (P<0.0001), albumin, creatinine, urea, ALT and AST in diabetic patients. Hyc and DNA damages both were negatively linked with total hemoglobin and PCV. Both of these even in their normal range may have a role in the endothelium damage. Nutritional intervention to lower down Hyc and DNA damages in the Pakistani population may mitigate their effect and guarantee in maintenance of a healthy nation.Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences 05/2015; 28(3):881-9. · 0.95 Impact Factor