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Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) 2-4-fold, making CHD the predominant cause of death in patients with diabetes. Currently identified risk factors include, among others, hyperglycaemia, hypertension and dyslipidaemia. Since studies show that intensive glycaemic control alone will not overcome the excess CHD risk, reducing blood pressure by any means and lipid levels by using statins and fibrates is effective in reducing CHD and associated mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes. Other interventions include aspirin therapy and the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/s0168-8227(03)00127-x

Type

Conference paper

Publication Date

07/2003

Volume

61 Suppl 1

Pages

S3 - S8

Keywords

Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary, Anticholesteremic Agents, Antihypertensive Agents, Aspirin, Cardiovascular Diseases, Clinical Trials as Topic, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Humans, Membrane Glycoproteins, Risk Factors