Vol 31, No 2 (2024)
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Impaired coronary flow reserve in patients with poor type 2 diabetes control: Preliminary results from prospective microvascular dysfunction registry

Łukasz Niewiara12, Paweł Kleczyński13, Bartłomiej Guzik13, Piotr Szolc13, Jakub Baran13, Jakub Podolec13, Marta Diachyshyn1, Krzysztof Żmudka13, Jacek Legutko13
Pubmed: 36342032
Cardiol J 2024;31(2):185-192.


Background: Type 2 diabetes (DM) is a common comorbidity associated with cardiovascular disease, especially when poor glucose control is present. Extracardiac microcirculatory complications prevalence is well documented, however coronary microcirculatory dysfunction (CMD) seem to be underreported in this group.

Methods: The present study analyzed coronary physiology measurements (coronary flow reserve [CFR], index of microcirculatory resistance [IMR], resistance reserve ratio [RRR]) in 47 diabetic patients (21 subjects with poor glycemia control defined as fasting glucose levels > 7.2 mmol/L and 26 with normal fasting glucose), and compared to 54 non-diabetic controls, who had undergone coronary angiography due to symptoms of chronic coronary syndrome. The median age of patients was 65.5 [59.0; 73.0] years old, 74% male, similar in terms of cardiovascular risk factors and prior myocardial infarction. Insulin was used by 19% of diabetic patients with poor glucose control and by 15% of those with DM and low fasting glucose.  

Results: Prevalence of CMD was 38% in poor glycemia control patients, 27% in DM-patients with proper glucose control and 31% of non-diabetics. Median CFR values were the lowest in poor DM control patients compared to both, normal fasting glucose (1.75 [1.37; 2.32] vs. 2.30 [1.75; 2.85], p = 0.026) and to non-diabetics (1.75 [1.37; 2.32] vs. 2.15 [1.50; 2.95], p = 0.045). Levels of IMR, RRR and MRR did not differ significantly between compared groups (p > 0.05 for all comparisons).

Conclusions: Poor glycemia control in type 2 DM might be associated with a higher prevalence of CMD driven by decreased coronary flow reserve, however, further research in larger groups of patients should be performed to confirm this observation.

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