By: Elka Karl
Even with contemporary improvements in angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervention) methods, such as stents and the administration of platelet antagonists, diabetes is still a major factor in mortality risk for heart-related complications.
Over 4,000 diabetic and non diabetic patients were observed at three New York hospitals. Hypertension, renal insufficiency and renal failure were more common in diabetic patients, and 7.7 percent of diabetic patients were admitted with congestive heart failure, as compared with 4.0 percent of non diabetic patients.
After three years the mortality rate for non diabetic patients was 8 percent, as compared with 13 percent of diabetic patients.