Cardiovascular Outcomes and Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes with Associated Cardio-Renal-Metabolic Comorbidities


Cardio-renal-metabolic comorbidities (CRMCs) associated with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) increase patient morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the incremental contribution of various CRMCs to the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death (MACE), heart failure (HF), and all-cause mortality (ACM) in patients with newly diagnosed T2DM. Using ICD-9 codes, T2DM patients were identified in a U.S. EMR (Humedica/Optum) database along with other CRMCs (hypertension {HTN}, hyperlipidemia {HPLD}, chronic kidney disease {CKD}) at the time of T2DM diagnosis. Patients’ records were assessed for the occurrence of MACE, HF, and ACM. Between 1 Jan 2011 and 31 Mar 2015, 180722 incident T2DM patients were identified (age {mean [SD]}: 62.4 [13.5], 52.0% male) with/without CRMCs: T2DM only (n=25114; 13.9%), T2DM+HTN (n=20863; 11.5%), T2DM+HPLD (n=13274; 7.3%) T2DM+HTN+HPLD (n=52415; 29.0%), and T2DM+HTN+HPLD+CKD (9.9%). The risk of MACE, HF and ACM increased with a greater number of CRMCs (Table), CKD being associated with the highest incremental risk for ACM. In patients with new diagnosis of T2DM, the risk of MACE, HF, and death increased incrementally with a greater number of CRMCs; with CKD being the main driver of mortality. These results may have implications for risk factor management, and potentially selection of treatment strategies among T2DM patients with various CRMCs.

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