High Blood Sugar Further Endangers Cardiac Arrest

by Mark Benson on March 30, 2012

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According to a recent study, patients suffering from diabetes or high blood increased the risk of death when having a heart attack. The findings were established by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the Swedish University of Gothernberg.

One of the effects of diabetes is the increased risk of coronary arterial disease. The study conducted by doctoral student and researcher Petur Petursson examined the causation between blood sugar disorders and their survival rates after a heart attack or cardiac arrest. The thesis established that patients suffering from diabetes would have a lesser chance of being able to survive in-hospital cardiac infarctions. Even with pre-diabetes, the risk of surviving coronary artery surgery also goes lower compared to those who do not have diabetes.

According to Peturrson, “Type 2 diabetes with suspected coronary artery disease who are on insulin therapy have lower survival. We’ve not been able to demonstrate the exact cause, but much of it may be because those on insulin therapy have more severe disease. Medical personnel can pretty much assume that coronary artery disease patients will have some kind of blood sugar disorder, so there must be established strategies for managing these disorders at every heart clinic in the country.”

The study author proposes that there is a greater need to carefully manage patients suffering from coronary arterial disease and diabetes. One of the cornerstones would be accurate measurement and diagnosis of blood sugar levels in the individual.

These findings were previously reviewed in 2009 by a University of California-Irvine Health Policy Research Institute. It found that strict control of blood glucose levels does not have any significant effect on those individuals also suffering from other health problems such as heart disease and hypertension.

The study co-lead is Dr. Sheldon Greenfield, the Donald Bren Professor of Medicine at UCI and concurrent Executive Director for the Institute of Health Policy Research. The study found that there is a great need to consider the other health issues and factors before undertaking a particular diabetes treatment regimen. These include rapid decompression from high blood sugar have negative effects on individuals whose bodies have been accustomed to the high glucose levels.

A fellow study co-lead, namely Dr. Sherrie Kaplan, the Associate Dean at the School of Medicine at UCI, said “The findings reveal that strict glucose control benefits some patients but not others depending on certain factors, mainly concurrent illnesses. They also raise serious questions about guidelines advocating a single approach for all diabetics.”


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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