Keep Those Leg Arteries Limber

Stiffness and impaired blood flow in thearteries of the lower legs may help identifydiabetic patients with possible coronary arterydisease.

Japanese researchers observed 102asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients withno history of cardiovascular complications.Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score was usedas a marker.

Patients with the highest CAC scores, whichindicate possible coronary artery disease,showed the highest brachial-ankle PWVand resistive index and the lowest total flowvolume. Both brachial-ankle PWV and resistiveindex were positively correlated and total flowwas negatively correlated with the CAC score.

Diabetes Care, October 2004

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