Diabetic foot syndrome: the independent predictor of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality?

Authors: Jana Lupínková 1;  Alexandra Jirkovská 2;  Robert Bém 2;  Věra Adámková 1
Authors‘ workplace: Pracoviště preventivní kardiologie, IKEM, Praha, přednostka doc. MUDr. Věra Adámková, CSc. 1;  Centrum diabetologie, IKEM, Praha, prof. MUDr. Terezie Pelikánová, DrSc. 2
Published in: Forum Diab 2013; 2(2): 102-107


Diabetic foot syndrome is defined as ulceration of the foot (distally from the ankle and including the ankle) associated with neuropathy and different grades of ischemia and infection. Patients with diabetic foot ulceration may be at considerably higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with those patients with diabetes but no history of foot ulceration. This may in part be explained by a greater burden of CVD risk factors and subsequent excess risk of fatal cardiovascular events. The adoption of an aggressive cardiovascular risk management policy in diabetic foot ulcer clinics is recommended for these patients.

Key words:
cardiovascular mortality – diabetes – diabetic foot ulcer – diabetic foot clinic


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