2020 Volume 61 Issue 4 Pages 776-780
The properties of glucose changes in patients with chronic heart failure remain elusive. In the present study, we investigated the sequential changes of interstitial glucose concentrations in patients with chronic heart failure and heart disease who were not undergoing antidiabetic therapy.
A glucose monitoring device (FreeStyle Libre Pro) was attached to the backside of an upper arm and the interstitial glucose concentration was monitored every 15 minutes for 1 week. Eleven patients with chronic heart failure (Heart failure (+) ) and 7 patients with chronic heart diseases but not with heart failure (Heart failure (−) ) were enrolled. The average level and peak value of interstitial glucose concentrations, and the duration of hyperglycemia (≥ 140 mg/dL) were not significantly different between Heart failure (+) and Heart failure (−). The duration of hypoglycemia (< 80 mg/dL) was significantly longer and the trough value was significantly lower in Heart failure (+) compared with Heart failure (−). Most of the patients in Heart failure (+) were exposed to a long duration of hypoglycemia from midnight to morning. Importantly, none of the patients who showed hypoglycemia complained of any subjective symptoms during hypoglycemia. Malabsorption may be one of the mechanisms of hypoglycemia.
In summary, patients with chronic heart failure are at risk of developing hypoglycemia even if they do not undergo any antidiabetic therapy.