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Cats with diabetes mellitus have diastolic dysfunction in the absence of structural heart disease

Pereira, N.J., Novo Matos, J., Baron Toaldo, M., Bartoszuk, U., Summerfield, N., Riederer, A., Reusch, C., Glaus, T.M.
The veterinary journal 2017 v.225 pp. 50-55
cats, diabetes mellitus, echocardiography, heart failure, humans, laboratory animals, people, prospective studies, remission, risk, therapeutics
Diabetes mellitus (DM) can result in cardiovascular dysfunction and heart failure characterized by diastolic dysfunction with or without the presence of systolic dysfunction in people and laboratory animals. The objective of this prospective study was to determine if cats with newly diagnosed DM had myocardial dysfunction and, if present, whether it would progress if appropriate antidiabetic therapy was commenced. Thirty-two diabetic cats were enrolled and received baseline echocardiographic examination; of these, 15 cats were re-examined after 6 months. Ten healthy age- and weight-matched cats served as controls.Diabetic cats at diagnosis showed decreased diastolic, but not systolic function, when compared to healthy controls, with lower mitral inflow E wave (E) and E/E’ than controls. After 6 months, E and E/IVRT’ decreased further in diabetic cats compared to the baseline evaluation. After excluding cats whose DM was in remission at 6 months, insulin-dependent diabetic cats had lower E, E/A and E’ than controls. When classifying diastolic function according to E/A and E’/A’, there was shift towards impaired relaxation patterns at 6 months. All insulin-dependent diabetic cats at 6 months had abnormal diastolic function. These results indicate that DM has similar effects on diastolic function in feline and human diabetics. The dysfunction seemed to progress rather than to normalize after 6 months, despite antidiabetic therapy. In cats with pre-existing heart disease, the development of DM could represent an important additional health risk.