Objective: To evaluate the risk factors of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy(CAN) in Chinese diabetic patients, estimate the optimal CAN diagnostic method to different diabetics, assess CAN prevalence in our dataset.

Methods: 2, 048 subjects randomly sampled from 13 hospitals were available for data analysis, including 73 type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and 1, 975 type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The general data of patients were collected and sympathetic and parasympathetic function tests were executed to CAN preliminary diagnosis. The final CAN diagnosis was based on Ewing's test in which heart rate variation (HRV values were evaluated through deep-breathing (DB), lying-to-standing (LS), Valsalva (V) tests and systolic blood pressure (SBP) variation values was evaluated through LS.

Results: 1) In T1DM group, 61.64% patients were diagnosed with CAN; baseline data and clinical data of CAN group had no difference with those of none-CAN group (P>0.05);while in T2DM group, 62.58% patients were diagnosed with CAN; there were significant differences between CAN and none-CAN group in age, course of the disease, use of metformin, course of metformin treatment, retinopathy and hypertension history (P<0.05). 2) Among various symptoms in CAN group, most frequent symptoms were weakness (28.65%), dizziness (23.42%), frequent urination (19.59%), upper body sweating (18.35%) and enuresisnocturna (15.93%). 3) Course of disease and age were independent risk factors for CAN in T1DM and T2DM, respectively. 4) For T1DM, the optimal CAN diagnostic method was Vtest+LStes (sensitivity=97.62% , AUC=0.887); while for T2DM, DBtest had the highest sensitivity (83.62%) and Vtest+DBtest had the maximal AUC (0.856).

Conclusion: The prevalence of diabetes with CAN was up to 63%.The course of disease and age are independent risk factors of CAN in TIDM and T2DM, respectively. Furthermore, Vtest+LStest and Vtest+DBtest were the optimal CAN diagnostic method for T1DM and T2DM, respectively.


Q. Pan: None. L. Guo: None. X. Wang: None. L. Zhang: None. T. Xian: None. F. Man: None. L. Liu: None.

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