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

Kathryn A. Britton, Vikas Aggarwal, Anita Y. Chen, Karen P. Alexander, Ezra A Amsterdam, Elizabeth Fraulo, Paul Muntner, Laine Thomas, Darren K. McGuire, Stephen D. Wiviott, Matthew T. Roe, Ulrich K. Schubart, Caroline S. Fox

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Britton, K. A., Aggarwal, V., Chen, A. Y., Alexander, K. P., Amsterdam, E. A., Fraulo, E., Muntner, P., Thomas, L., McGuire, D. K., Wiviott, S. D., Roe, M. T., Schubart, U. K., & Fox, C. S. (2011). No association between hemoglobin A1c and in-hospital mortality in patients with diabetes and acute myocardial infarction. American Heart Journal, 161(4).