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Exp Diabetes Res. 2011;2011:687624. doi: 10.1155/2011/687624. Epub 2011 May 29.

The ECG vertigo in diabetes and cardiac autonomic neuropathy.

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  • 1Department of Propaedeutic and Internal Medicine, Athens University Medical School, Laiko General Hospital, 17 Saint Thomas Street, Athens 11527, Greece. c_v_24@yahoo.gr


The importance of diabetes in the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases cannot be overemphasized. About one third of acute myocardial infarction patients have diabetes, and its prevalence is steadily increasing. The decrease in cardiac mortality in people with diabetes is lagging behind that of the general population. Cardiovascular disease is a broad term which includes any condition causing pathological changes in blood vessels, cardiac muscle or valves, and cardiac rhythm. The ECG offers a quick, noninvasive clinical and research screen for the early detection of cardiovascular disease in diabetes. In this paper, the clinical and research value of the ECG is readdressed in diabetes and in the presence of cardiac autonomic neuropathy.

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