FINDINGS: UCLA researchers for the first time showed that advanced heart failure patients with diabetes who are treated with insulin faced a mortality rate four times higher than heart failure patients with diabetes treated with oral medications.
IMPACT: The new study may help raise awareness among physicians and patients of this previously unknown relationship between insulin use and increased mortality in advanced heart failure patients. More research is needed to explore the mechanisms of how insulin use may be contributing to the higher mortality rate.
AUTHORS: Dr. Gregg Fonarow, senior study author; professor of cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, is available for interviews.
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