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LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS:
AIX augmentation index
BMI body mass index
ChF change of flow
CVD cardiovascular disease
DM I type 1 diabetesmellitus
DMC diabetes with complications
DMW diabetes without complications
FBF forearm blood flow
HbA1c Hamoglobin A1c
IQR interquartile range
IU international unit
PORH Postocclusive reactive hyperemia
PU perfusion unit
PWV pulse wave velocity
sE-selectin soluble endothelial-leukocyte adhesion molecule 1
Diana Opincariu, András Mester, Mihaela Dobra, Nora Rat, Roxana Hodas and Mirabela Morariu
Introduction: The prognostic value of epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and inflammatory biomarkers such as hs-CRP have not been fully investigated in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). The study aim was to assess the correlation between the EFT, the persistence of elevated circulating levels of hs-CRP at 7 ± 2 days after an AMI and the amplitude of the left ventricular (LV) remodeling, in patients with type 2 DM. Methods: The study included 98 patients (45 with type 2 DM and 43 with no DM): Group 1 included 22 low-to-intermediate risk patients (hsCRP <3 mg/l) and Group 2 had 23 high-risk, (hsCRP >3 mg/l) patients. EFT, LV function and remodeling were assessed at baseline and at six months after AMI in both groups. Results: In the diabetic population, the EFT was significantly higher in patients who developed ventricular remodeling as compared with those who did not (8.02 ± 1.80 mm vs. 6.65 ± 2.17 mm, p = 0.02) and significantly correlated with the circulating levels of hs-CRP (r = 0.6251, p <0.0001). The levels of circulating hs-CRP, at baseline, significantly correlated with the RI at six months (r = 0.39, p <0.001). Also, in the diabetic population, the epicardial fat thickness was significantly higher in patients who developed ventricular remodeling as compared with those who did not (8.02 ± 1.80 mm vs. 6.65 ± 2.17 mm, p = 0.02). The epicardial adipose tissue thickness significantly correlated with the circulating levels of hs-CRP (r = 0.6251, p <0.0001), while in the non-diabetic population, EFT was not significantly higher in patients who developed ventricular remodeling as compared with those who did not (71.38 ± 9.09 vs. 67.4 ± 10.17, p = 0.23). Multivariate analysis identified the hs-CRP values (OR: 4.09, p = 0.03) and the EFT (OR: 6.11, p = 0.01) as significant independent predictors for LV remodeling in diabetic population. Conclusions: A larger EFT is associated with a more severe remodeling and impairment of ventricular function in patients with type 2 DM and AMI.
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