No association between hemoglobin A1c and in-hospital mortality in patients with diabetes and acute myocardial infarction

Journal Article

Background: Patients with diabetes have increased in-hospital mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI), with studies suggesting higher risk with both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. We assessed whether a J-shaped relation exists between hemoglobin A1c (A1C) in patients with diabetes and AMI. Methods: We assessed the associations between A1C and in-hospital mortality using data from a nationwide sample of AMI patients who had both prior diabetes and measurement of A1C (N = 15,337). Results: When evaluated continuously, we observed no evidence of a J-shaped relation between A1C and in-hospital mortality in multivariable analysis (test for linearity P = .89). Patients with lowest (<5.5%) and highest A1C (≥9.5%) had a crude mortality rate of 4.6% and 2.8%, respectively, compared with 3.8% among those in the referent A1C category (6.5% to <7%). In multivariable regression, we observed no association between low A1C (<5.5%, odds ratio 0.81, 95% CI 0.47-1.39) or high A1C (A1C ≥9.5, odds ratio 1.31, 95% CI 0.94-1.83) and mortality as compared with the referent group. These findings can only be generalized to the subset of patients with diabetes who had A1C assessed during their hospitalization; these patients tended to be healthier than those in whom A1C was not assessed. Conclusion: In this large contemporary cohort of patients with diabetes presenting with AMI, we did not observe a J-shaped association between A1C and mortality. © 2011, Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Cited Authors

  • Britton, KA; Aggarwal, V; Chen, AY; Alexander, KP; Amsterdam, E; Fraulo, E; Muntner, P; Thomas, L; McGuire, DK; Wiviott, SD; Roe, MT; Schubart, UK; Fox, CS

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 161 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 657 - 663.e1

PubMed ID

  • 21473963

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-8703

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ahj.2010.12.004