Relationship between HgbA1c and myocardial blood flow reserve in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: Noninvasive assessment using real-time myocardial perfusion echocardiography

Runqing Huang, Sahar S. Abdelmoneim, Lara F. Nhola, Sharon L. Mulvagh

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To study the relationship between glycosylated hemoglobin (HgbA1c) and myocardial perfusion in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients, we prospectively enrolled 24 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) who underwent adenosine stress by real-time myocardial perfusion echocardiography (RTMPE). HgbA1c was measured at time of RTMPE. Microbubble velocity (β min-1), myocardial blood flow (MBF, mL/min/g), and myocardial blood flow reserve (MBFR) were quantified. Quantitative MCE analysis was feasible in all patients (272/384 segments, 71%). Those with HgbA1c > 7.1% had significantly lower β reserve and MBFR than those with HgbA1c ≤ 7.1% (P < 0.05). In patients with suspected CAD, there was a significant inverse correlation between MBFR and HgbA1c (r = - 0.279, P = 0.01); however, in those with known CAD, this relationship was not significant (r = - 0.117, P = 0.129). Using a MBFR cutoff value > 2 as normal, HgbA1c > 7.1% significantly increased the risk for abnormal MBFR, (adjusted odds ratio: 1.92, 95% CI: 1.12-3.35, P = 0.02). Optimal glycemic control is associated with preservation of MBFR as determined by RTMPE, in T2DM patients at risk for CAD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number243518
JournalJournal of Diabetes Research
StatePublished - 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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