High Blood Sugar in Heart Failure Patients May Point to Risk of Early Death

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Checking the blood sugar levels of emergency department patients with heart failure can identify those at risk of diabetes, hospitalization and early death, a new study suggests.

This increased risk was true even if patients had blood sugar (glucose) levels within what is considered normal limits, the researchers said.

“Our findings suggest that the measurement of blood sugar levels in all patients arriving at emergency departments with acute heart failure could provide doctors with useful prognostic information and could help to improve outcomes in these patients,” study leader Dr. Douglas Lee, said in a journal news release. Lee is a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

Researchers reviewed data on more than 16,500 seniors treated for acute heart failure. The seniors — aged 70 to 85 — were treated…

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