New imaging techniques for cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy: a window on the heart.

@article{Stevens2001NewIT,
  title={New imaging techniques for cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy: a window on the heart.},
  author={Martin J. Stevens},
  journal={Diabetes technology & therapeutics},
  year={2001},
  volume={3 1},
  pages={9-22}
}
Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is a common complication of diabetes, which results in disabling clinical manifestations and may predispose to sudden cardiac death. Recently, direct scintigraphic assessment of cardiac sympathetic integrity has become possible with the introduction of radiolabeled analogues of norepinephrine, which are actively taken up by the sympathetic nerve terminals of the heart. This article reviews how these techniques have been utilized to improve understanding… CONTINUE READING