Anti-hyperglycemic agents and new-onset acute myocardial infarction in diabetic patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing dialysis

Ting Tse Lin, Chih Chen Wu, Yao Hsu Yang, Lian Yu Lin, Jiunn Lee Lin, Pau Chung Chen, Juey Jen Hwang

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Background Diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are a high-stakes combination for cardiovascular disease. Patients with decreased kidney function and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have increased risk of hypoglycemia when attaining better glycemic control, leading to higher risk of myocardial infarction (MI). For these patients, which kinds of anti-hyperglycemic agents would be associated with higher risk of MI is not clear. Methods We identified patients from a nation-wide database called Registry for Catastrophic Illness, which encompassed almost 100% of the patients receiving dialysis therapy in Taiwan from 1995 to 2008. Patients with diabetes and ESRD were selected as the study cohort. Propensity score adjustment and Cox's proportional hazards regression model were used to estimate the hazard ratios (HRs) for new-onset MI. Results Among 15,161 patients, 39% received insulin, 40% received sulfonylureas, 18% received meglitinides and 3% received thiazolidinedione (TZD). After a median follow-up of 1,357 days, the incidence of MI was significant increase in patients taking sulfonylureas (HR = 1.523, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.331-1.744), meglitinides (HR = 1.251, 95% CI = 1.048-1.494) and TZD (HR = 1.515, 95% CI = 1.071-2.145) by using patients receiving insulin therapy as the reference group. The risk of MI remains higher in other three groups in subgroup analyses. Conclusions In conclusion, among diabetic patients with ESRD undergoing dialysis, the use of sulfonylureas, meglitinides and TZD are associated with higher risk of new-onset MI as compared with insulin.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0160436
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
StatePublished - 08 2016

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