The vicious circle of left ventricular dysfunction and diabetes: from pathophysiology to emerging treatments.

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Diabetes and heart failure (HF) are two deadly and strictly related epidemic disorders. Aim of this review is to present an updated discussion of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and treatment options for HF in diabetes.Relevant references published up to February 2020 were identified through searches in PubMed. Quality was graded using the Newcastle-Ottawa score in observational studies and the Cochrane Collaboration's tool in randomized studies.Metabolic and neurohumoral derangements, oxidative stress, inflammation, micro- and macroangiopathy all contribute through complex molecular and cellular mechanisms to cardiac dysfunction in diabetes which in turn results as one the most frequent underlying condition affecting up to 42% of patients with HF and causing a 34% increased risk of cardiovascular death. On top of traditional guideline-based HF medical and device therapies, equally effective in patients with and without diabetes, a new class of glucose-lowering agents acting through the sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibition showed impressive results in reducing HF outcomes in subjects with diabetes and represents an active area of investigation.Diabetes and HF are strictly linked in a bidirectional and deadly vicious circle difficult to break. Therefore, preventive strategies and a timely diagnosis are crucial to improve outcomes in such patients. SGLT2 inhibitors represent a major breakthrough with remarkably consistent findings. However, it is still not clear whether their benefits may be definitely extended to HF patients with preserved ejection fraction, to those without diabetes and in the acute setting.


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