among six centers studying heart disease in diabetics
at the Health System have
begun enrolling patients in the first multi-center study designed
to detect "silent" heart disease in people with diabetes.
The study will evaluate the potential role of a new cardiac imaging
procedure in screening these at-risk patients, with the hope of
developing an approach that could ultimately save lives.
with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer from
heart disease than those in the general population. Identifying
heart disease early in these patients has been difficult because
many have no obvious symptoms.
disease in diabetics has not received adequate attention, despite
the fact that it is the leading cause of reduced life expectancy
among these patients," said Dr. Eugene J. Barrett, director
of the U.Va. Diabetes Center and co-investigator on the study.
"We're pleased U.Va. is involved in this important study
and hope it sheds light on how to improve patient outcomes."
addition to U.Va., other trial sites include Yale's School of
Medicine, Soundview Research Associates in Norwalk, Conn., Tulane
University, University of Alabama in Birmingham, University of
Chicago and University of Rochester (New York).
study is slated to enroll 1,000 patients. To be eligible, patients
must be at least 18 years old with known diabetes but have no
symptoms of heart disease.
Those interested in learning more about enrolling in the study
should contact U.Va. study coordinator Wendie Price at 924-5869.