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Rivista di Angiologia
Official Journal of the , the International Union of Phlebology and the
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International Angiology 2001 June;20(2):126-30
Effects of buflomedil on early carotid atherosclerosis in Type 2 diabetic patients
Migdalis I. N., Varvarigos N., Charalabides J., Leontiades E., Gerolimou B., Mantzara F., Karmaniolas K.
From the Department of Diabetes, NIMTS Hospital, Athens, Greece
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Background. An increased thickness of the carotid artery wall is thought to be a sign of early atherosclerosis. We have investigated the effect of early treatment with buflomedil on the prevention of the arterial wall thickening.
Methods. Eighty patients with Type 2 diabetes were studied. Oral buflomedil (600 mg once daily) was administered for 12 months in 42 patients randomly selected, while 38 received no treatment. The two groups were matched for age, sex, body mass index (BMI), duration of diabetes and glycaemic control. Arterial wall thickness was measured as the mean of the maximum intima media thickness (IMT) in 8 carotid segments measured by B-mode ultrasound.
Results. Blood pressure and lipid levels remained unchanged in the two studied groups while no difference was found in metabolic control between them. The IMT increase over 12 months was 0.04 mm in the buflomedil group whereas in that without buflomedil it was 0.10 mm.
Conclusions. We conclude that buflomedil treatment may be useful in decreasing the progression rate of arterial wall thickness.