Metformin Benefits Diabetics with Heart Failure


Patients with both heart failure and type 2 diabetes who are treated with a metformin-based strategy have a lower mortality risk than matched individuals not treated with anti-diabetic drugs, new findings suggest. “Our findings bolster prior observational studies demonstrating that diabetic heart failure patients using metformin have better outcomes,” said Finlay A. McAlister, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Epidemiology Coordinating and Research (Epicore) Center at the University of Alberta in Calgary. “Until evidence from randomized trials becomes available, we believe that metformin-based strategies should be used for glucose lowering in patients with diabetes and heart failure.” The findings are based on data from a large general practice registry often used in studies examining the use of prescription drugs. Diabetes is a common co-morbidity in patients with heart failure, but however optimal treatment for type 2 diabetes in individuals with heart failure has not been determined.

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Metformin Benefits Diabetics with Heart Failure