Diabetic autonomic neuropathy has been proved to be associated with onset of heart failure in patients with diabetes. However, relationship between sudomotor dysfunction, the early manifestation of autonomic neuropathy, and cardiac diastolic function has not yet been investigated. This study aimed to explore the association between sudomotor function and cardiac diastolic function in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

A total of 63 patients (65% male, 50±13 years old) with T2DM were enrolled and divided into two groups according to mean feet electrochemical skin conductance (ESC) assessed by sudoscan device: sudomotor dysfunction group(SDF group: ESC≤60 μS) and normal sudomotor function group (NSF group: ESC>60 μS). Impaired cardiac diastolic function detected by tissue Doppler imaging echocardiography manifested as elevations of late atrial (A) transmitral peak flow velocity (LgA) and the early (E) transmitral peak flow velocity/early diastolic velocity (e’) (E/e’ratio).

The prevalence of sudomotor dysfunction was 30.2%. In SDF group, LgA and E/e’ ratio were significantly higher than those in NSF group (-0.2±0.2 m/s vs. -0.4±0.3 m/s, P=0.011 and 11.0±3.8 vs. 8.8±2.7, P=0.013, respectively). Pearson correlation analysis revealed that LgA was negatively correlated with mean feet ESC(r=-0.3, P=0.017). In logistic regression analyse, LgA (OR=0.05, 95%CI 0.004-0.585, P=0.017) and E/e‘ ratio (OR=0.79, 95%CI 0.641-0.970, P=0.025) were found to be independently associated with presence of sudomotor dysfunction.

Cardiac diastolic function significantly decreased in type 2 diabetic patients with sudomotor dysfunction.


X. Chen: None. X. Yang: None. W. Xu: None. H. Deng: None. J. Wu: None. J. Yan: None. B. Yao: None.


Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (2018A030313915); Medical Scientific Research Foundation of Guangdong Province (A2018286)

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