Podcast- Dr. Christine Albert, MD - Diabetes and Risk of Sudden Death in Coronary Artery Disease Patients Without Sev...

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Dr. Christine Albert, MD works in the Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. In This video Dr. Albert discusses Diabetes and the Risk of Sudden Death in Coronary Artery Disease Patients Without Severe Systolic Dysfunction.

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In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who do not qualify for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, this study sought to determine the absolute and relative associations of diabetes mellitus (DM) and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) with sudden and/or arrhythmic death (SAD) versus other modes of death.


Patients with CAD and diabetes are at an increased risk of SAD; however, given competing causes of death, it is unclear whether these patients would benefit from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and/or whether HbA1c could help with SAD risk stratification.


Competing risk analyses were used to compare the absolute and relative risks of SAD versus non-SAD by DM status and HbA1c level in the PRE-DETERMINE study of 5,764 patients with CAD with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of >30% to 35 percent and to identify risk factors for SAD among 1,782 patients with DM.


DM and HbA1c were significantly associated with SAD and non-SAD over a median follow-up of 6.8 years (P 0.05 for all comparisons); however, the cumulative incidence of non-SAD (19.2 percent; 95 percent CI: 17.3 percent -21.2 percent) in DM patients was nearly 4 times higher than SAD (4.8 percent; 95 percent CI: 3.8 percent -5.9 percent). Absolute risk followed a similar pattern across HbA1c groups. HbA1c was not connected with SAD in studies limited to diabetic patients, although decreased LVEF, atrial fibrillation, and ECG measures were all linked to a higher risk of SAD.


Patients with CAD and LVEF of >30% to 35% who had DM and/or increased HbA1c have a considerably higher absolute risk of dying from non-SAD than from SAD. Clinical risk factors, not HbA1c, were linked to the incidence of SAD in diabetic individuals. (NCT01114269; PRE-DETERMINE: Biologic Markers and MRI SCD Cohort Study)