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16th September 2016
Ten biomarkers predict cardiac outcomes in patients with diabetes
Ten biomarkers have been identified that predicted cardiac outcomes in high-risk patients with diabetes. These 10 biomarkers were earlier identified in the ORIGIN trial (Outcome Reduction with an Initial Glargine Intervention) published in 2015 in the journal Circulation and now have shown the ability to similarly predict cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes in the HOPE trial (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) in addition to the usual clinical risk factors
The biomarker panel includes
  1. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP)
  2. Trefoil factor 3
  3. Growth/differentiation factor 15
  4. Apolipoprotein B
  5. Angiopoietin-2
  6. Osteoprotegerin
  7. alpha-2-macroglobulin
  8. Hepatocyte growth factor receptor
  9. Glutathione S transferase alpha
  10. Chromogranin A
The findings were presented (Abstracts 58, 60) at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2016 Annual Meeting, which concludes in Munich, Germany today.
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