Sodium-Glucose Co-transporter 2 Inhibitors in the Failing Heart: a Growing Potential

Dulce Brito, Paulo Bettencourt, Davide Carvalho, Jorge Ferreira, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Fátima Franco, Brenda Moura, José Carlos Silva-Cardoso, Rachel Tavares de Melo, Cândida Fonseca

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Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) are a new drug class designed to treat patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, cardiovascular outcome trials showed that SGLT2i also offer protection against heart failure (HF)–related events and cardiovascular mortality. These benefits appear to be independent of glycaemic control and have recently been demonstrated in the HF population with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), with or without T2D. This comprehensive, evidence-based review focuses on the published studies concerning HF outcomes with SGLT2i, discussing issues that may underlie the different results, along with the impact of these new drugs in clinical practice. The potential translational mechanisms behind SGLT2i cardio-renal benefits and the information that ongoing studies may add to the already existing body of evidence are also reviewed. Finally, we focus on practical management issues regarding SGLT2i use in association with other T2D and HFrEF common pharmacological therapies. Safety considerations are also highlighted. Considering the paradigm shift in T2D management, from a focus on glycaemic control to a broader approach on cardiovascular protection and event reduction, including the potential for wide SGLT2i implementation in HF patients, with or without T2D, we are facing a promising time for major changes in the global management of cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-436
Number of pages18
JournalCardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Cardiovascular outcomes trials
  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • SGLT2i


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