Background and aims: It is unknown whether the prognostic role of diabetes (T2DM) in outpatients with chronic heart failure (CHF) is independent of the most important echocardiographic markers of poor prognosis. The aims of this analysis were to evaluate whether T2DM modifies the risk of mortality in CHF patients stratified by etiology of disease or by rightventricular to pulmonary arterial coupling at echocardiography and to evaluate how T2DM interacts with the prognostic role of cardiac plasma biomarkers. Methods and results: This is a retrospective analysis of 1627 CHF outpatients who underwent a complete echocardiographic examination. During a median follow-up period of 63 months 255 patients died. Poor right-ventricular to pulmonary arterial coupling and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction were independent predictors of outcome, whereas ischemic etiology and T2DM were not. T2DM interacted with etiology increasing the risk of mortality by 32% among patients with ischemic disease (p Z 0.003). Elevated hsTNI plasma levels were associated with poor survival in T2DM but not in non-diabetic patients. Conclusion: T2DM signals a worse outcome in ischemic CHF patients regardless of the echocardiographic phenotype. High plasma levels of hsTNI are stronger predictors of mortality in CHF patients with T2DM than in patients without diabetes.
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