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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 121-127

Should we screen asymptomatic diabetics for coronary artery disease?


1 Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI; Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
2 Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
3 Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
4 Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait

Correspondence Address:
Mouaz H Al-Mallah
MD MSc FACC; Associate Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University, Co-Director Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 West Grand Boulevard, K14, Detroit, MI 48202,
USA
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Diabetes is a major worldwide healthcare problem and cardiovascular diseases are the most common causes of mortality and morbidity in the type 2 diabetic population with Coronary artery disease (CAD) accounting for 65% to 80% of deaths in diabetic patients. It has been suggested that screening asymptomatic diabetics could identify early coronary artery disease which may improve their outcomes. In this review, we summarize the data regarding screening asymptomatic diabetics and provide recommendations based on the evidence.


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