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Hypoglycaemia: patient inconvenience or serious cardiovascular risk? 

December 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:128–30 doi:10.5837/bjc.2014.031

Hypoglycaemia: patient inconvenience or serious cardiovascular risk? 

Vidya Srinivas, Kashif Kazmi, Ketan Dhatariya

Abstract

Symptoms with which patients present vary widely, and include autonomic symptoms, such as sweating, shaking, palpitations, and hunger, or neuroglycopenic symptoms due to cerebral glucose deprivation, such as drowsiness, confusion, odd behaviour and speech disturbances. One of the most commonly used measures of the severity of hypoglycaemia, the Edinburgh Hypoglycaemia Scale, is shown in table 2. Sometimes, patients do not have the classical autonomic or neuroglycopenic symptoms related to hypoglycaemia. To a diabetologist, this hypoglycaemic unawareness is worrying. This is because, while the patient loses their warning symptoms, neurocogniti

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November 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:158–9

New diabetes guidelines stress individual patient needs

BJCardio Staff

Abstract

While general recommendations regarding the intensiveness of glycaemic therapy focused in the past on a HbA1c target below 7%, the new statement emphasises that goals must be individualised, with the precise target taking into account patient’s attitude and expected treatment efforts, the risk associated with glycaemia and other adverse effects, disease duration, life expectancy, other co-morbidities, established vascular complications, and the patient’s own resources and support system. It notes, for example, some patients may feel that the weight gain associated with a particular diabetes therapy is unacceptable, whereas others may cons

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