Glycaemic Control in Cardiac Surgery Patients: a Double-Edged Sword

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Volume 13, 6 Issues, 2015

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Glycaemic Control in Cardiac Surgery Patients: a Double-Edged Sword

Author(s): Lukasz J Krzych and Maciej T Wybraniec

Affiliation: Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Therapy, Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases 9 Curie-Skłodowskiej St., 41-800 Zabrze, Poland


Glycaemic management is of paramount importance in the cardiac surgery setting. A growing body of evidence confirms a J-shaped relationship between blood glucose (BG) level and perioperative morbidity and mortality. On one hand, acute hypoglycaemia causes irreversible cerebral damage. On the other hand, hyperglycaemia increases the risk of infections, acute kidney injury, atrial fibrillation, low cardiac output syndrome, cerebrovascular accidents and cognitive impairment. Also, high BGvariability, even within the therapeutic window, may deteriorate the outcome. Therefore, moderate perioperative insulin management is usually recommended, with target BGadjusted to individual needs and possibilities. Continuous BGmonitoring is a promising tool that should help practitioners in everyday decision-making process of glycaemic control. This review summarises the current evidence-based knowledge on the perioperative management of hyperglycaemia

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Volume: 12
First Page: 1
Page Count: 1
DOI: 10.2174/1570161112666140224145707

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