A pill that reduces high blood sugar conditions in diabetic patients is said to also protect against heart failure. According to a study led by the British Heart Foundation, the medication empagliflozin stimulates the heart and makes it more efficient, leading to significant improvements in heart functions in just three months.
Patients that were a part of the trial also lost a significant amount of weight and have improved their blood pressure. Although there are many medications for type 2 diabetes, patients still develop many heart problems due to increased levels of sugars flowing through the blood that damage the arteries and veins.
Type 2 diabetes patients have almost two or three times more risk than an ordinary humans. And a third of patients die due to these complications. Experts have said that diabetic patients are on empagliflozin, which forces the body to take all the excess sugar out of the body in urine. This medication helps in taking out extra sugar, thus preventing heart problems.
Trials of the same showed that this drug, along with other medications like dapagliflozin, can improve the symptoms in people living with potential heart failure.
Those living with severe heart problems face extreme breathlessness and severe fatigue that makes them regularly hospitalized. Heart failure causes more than 86,000 emergency admissions each year, and for many only ways, out is a heart transplant.
But the use of empagliflozin can stop diabetic patients from suffering heart failure in the first place. The latest study conducted by the University of Leeds admitted 18 type two patients and administered them the drug for 12 weeks. Although these patients didn’t have heart failure, they have low energy levels and weaker heart contractions.
Cardiologist Dr. Sharmaine Thirunavukarasu, who was the head of the study, concluded that these patients saw a significant improvement in the heart energy levels and amount of blood pumped by the end of the trial heart.
Researchers believe that this drug affects the heart muscle directly by making it more robust. Further adding, the cardiologist also said that the patients also lost weight, had improved blood pressure levels, and we’re happy that they felt energetic and lively.
Doctors also said that although they didn’t focus on improving quality of life, they were sure the drug did improve patients’ lives. As people felt their health improving, they started eating a healthy diet and exercising, making them happy.
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