Study: HbA1C level linked to survival in heart patients with diabetes

04/12/2012 | Medscape (free registration)

An observational study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed patients with both advanced heart failure and diabetes whose glycated hemoglobin levels were higher than 8.6% had a 65.3% two-year survival rate, compared with 47.9% in those with HbA1C levels lower than 6.4%. The results suggest that patients with both conditions should aim for A1C levels between 7.2% and 8.2%, researchers said. However, patients who are not having problems with hypoglycemia or adverse medication effects should follow current guidelines pending further research, said one expert, who was not involved with the research.

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