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[An analysis of the ankle-brachial index in patients with diabetes in general practice]

GALVÁCS Henrietta, HASITZ Ágnes, BALOGH Zoltán

MARCH 20, 2017

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2017;27(03)

[INTRODUCTION - Diabetic macroangiopathy is one of the most prevalent complications of chronic diabetes mellitus. In Hungary, diabetic foot diseases and atherosclerosis are the most common causes of lower limb amputations. In this paper, we aim to present the correlations between the ankle-brachial index in patients with diabetes mellitus, and risk factors such as HbA1c levels, smoking and gender, in order to prevent atherosclerosis and to facilitate its rapid diagnosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Ankle-brachial index (ABI) of diabetic patients was measured and statistically analysed. Our goal was to determine potential correlations between ABI and the three above mentioned risk factors. The study population consisted of patients with a known history of diabetes mellitus (n=65) who visited the general practitioner's office between July 2015 and September 2016. RESULTS - 47.69% of patients exhibited a pathological ankle-brachial index. The ankle-brachial index showed a statistically significant correlation with gender (p=0,054). There was no significant correlation between the ankle-brachial index and smoking (p=0.838) or between the ankle-brachial index and HbA1c levels (p=0.430). CONCLUSION - Our research suggests that primary care physicians should regularly assess the ankle-brachial index in diabetic patients as preclinical atherosclerosis is frequently present in this population. Regular screening can facilitate early diagnosis and reduce the risk of severe macrovascular complications.]

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