Patients with diabetes 'often don't twig to AF symptoms'

Swiss researchers suggest screening for arrythmia may be warranted in this group

Patients with diabetes are less likely to notice AF symptoms than those without the condition, researchers say.

Person doing glucose test

The findings raise the question of whether patients with diabetes — both type 1 and type 2 — should be systematically screened for AF, the Swiss team adds.

They analysed the association of diabetes with AF phenotype and cardiac and neurological comorbidities in 2411 patients with AF (median age 74, 27% women).

Those diagnosed with diabetes (about 17%) were not classified by US standards of type1 or type 2 in the