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October 8, 2012

Screening diabetic patients for evidence of silent ischemia may not be helpful in preventing cardiac mortality, researchers suggested.

The goal of screening is to perform coronary interventions, but Ariane Sultan, MD, of University Hospital Montpellier in France, demonstrated there was no difference in outcomes among 76 patients who had silent ischemia detected and who underwent coronary angiography and 39 patients who declined the invasive procedure.

After 6.5 years of follow-up, there was no difference in cardiac mortality (P=0.34) or overall mortality (P=0.52), she reported here at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

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