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Heart failure risk in transplant patients with diabetes

A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that, compared with those without diabetes, transplant patients with diabetes who received hearts from donors without the condition showed "relatively rapid progression of early signs of diabetic heart linked to lipid accumulation in cardiac cells that, ultimately, progressed to heart dysfunction." Based on data from 158 first heart transplant recipients with and without diabetes, the findings also revealed that lipid accumulation was lower in patients with diabetes who took metformin, compared with those who did not take the drug.

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