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Impact of admission triglyceride for early outcome in diabetic patients with stable coronary artery disease

Xiao-Lin Li1, Li-Feng Hong12, Song-Hui Luo2, Yuan-Lin Guo1, Cheng-Gang Zhu1, Jing Sun1, Qian Dong1, Ping Qing1, Rui-Xia Xu1, Jun Liu1, Sha Li1, Na-Qiong Wu1, Geng Liu1 and Jian-Jun Li1*

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Dyslipidemia, State Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Disease, Fu Wai Hospital, National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100037, China

2 Division of Cardiology, Guangci Hospital affiliated Medical College of Wuhan University & the Fifth Hospital of Wuhan, Wuhan 430050, China

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Lipids in Health and Disease 2014, 13:73  doi:10.1186/1476-511X-13-73

Published: 27 April 2014



The role of triglyceride (TG) in predicting the outcomes in diabetic patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) has not been well investigated.


A total of 329 cases with stable angina pectoris (SAP) were prospectively enrolled and followed up for an average of 12 months. They were classified into the two groups according to the cut-off values of predicting early outcome of fasting TG level (low group <1.2 mmol/L, n = 103; High group ≥1.2 mmol/L, n = 226). The relationship between the TG levels and early outcomes were evaluated.


High TG group showed severer lipid profile and elevated inflammatory markers. During an average of 12-month follow-up, 47 out of 329 patients suffered from pre-specified outcomes. Area under the receivers operating characteristic curve suggested that TG, similar to serum Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), was a significant predictor of early outcome for diabetic patients with SAP (P = 0.002). In Cox regression models, after adjusted age, gender, body mass index, other lipid parameters, fasting blood glucose, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, neutrophil count and HbA1C, TG remained as an independent predictor of adverse prognosis.


High level of fasting TG (≥1.2 mmol/L) was an independent predictor for early outcome of diabetic patients with SAP as like as HBA1c and number of affected coronary arteries in the era of revascularization and statin therapeutics.

Triglyceride; Hemoglobin A1C; Stable angina pectoris; Coronary artery disease; Outcome