Acute hyperglycaemia: A 'new' risk factor during myocardial infarction

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High admission blood glucose levels after acute myocardial infarction are common and are associated with an increased risk of death in subjects with and without diabetes. In this review, the possible toxic action of acute hyperglycaemia is discussed in order to explain the worse prognosis in subjects with myocardial infarction and concomitant hyperglycaemia. The possible usefulness of intensive insulin treatment is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-331
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Insulin treatment
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Oxidative stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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