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