Elevated Blood Sugar May Increase Heart Failure Patients’ Risk of Early Death

Among 16,524 patients with acute heart failure syndrome who presented to the emergency department, those with blood glucose levels between 6.1 and 7.8 mmol/L had a 26% higher risk of death within 30 days from any cause, a 28% higher risk of death from cardiovascular causes, and a 61% higher risk of diabetes compared with a reference group of patients with blood glucose levels between 3.9 and 6.1 mmol/L. Those with levels >11.1 mmol/L had a 50% higher risk of death and a 261% higher risk of diabetes compared with the reference group, according to the European Heart Journal study.

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Among 16,524 patients with acute heart failure syndrome who presented to the emergency department, those with blood glucose levels between 6.1 and 7.8 mmol/L had a 26% higher risk of death within 30 days from any cause, a 28% higher risk of death from cardiovascular causes, and a 61% higher risk of diabetes compared with a reference group of patients with blood glucose levels between 3.9 and 6.1 mmol/L. Those with levels >11.1 mmol/L had a 50% higher risk of death and a 261% higher risk of diabetes compared with the reference group, according to the European Heart Journal study.

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