A Person’s Pulse Can Predict Heart Disease


By: Radha McLean

Pulse pressure—which helps identify artery stiffness—can reveal whether or not a person with diabetes is at risk for heart disease, say researchers in Wales.

Doctors studied the relationship between pressure of people’s pulse and the number of cardiovascular problems in a group of 2,991 type 2s. Data on these individuals was taken from the Cardiff Diabetes Database, representing the population of people with diabetes in South Glamorgan, Wales, from 1996 with follow-up for four years.

Investigators, presenting their findings at the ADA’s scientific sessions in June, found cases of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease among the diabetic population. They found strong associations between pulse pressure and all of the above mentioned heart conditions, given variables such as age, sex, duration of diabetes and total cholesterol levels in the body.

These results are helpful, they say, in that early detection of artery stiffness and subsequent treatment of it could prevent people with diabetes at high risk for complications from heart disease.



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