Microalbuminuria in non-diabetic stemi: An independent predictor for acute kidney injury

Chiara Lazzeri, Serafina Valente, Marco Chiostri, Claudio Picariello, Paola Attanà, Gian Franco Gensini

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Aims. To assess the impact of microalbuminuria on the development of acute kidney injury and to investigate its prognostic role at long term follow-up in 526 consecutive patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction without previously known diabetes. Methods. Microalbuminuria was measured using immunonephelemetry in the urine collected in the night. Results. Patients with microalbuminuria were older (p = 0.013). They showed higher values of peak glycemia (p = 0.017), peak Tn I (p <0.001), NT-pro BNP (p = 0.020), ESR (p = 0.003), CRP (p = 0.020), and leukocyte count (p <0.001). Lower eGFR was observed in patients with microalbuminuria both on admission and during ICCU stay (p = 0.048 and p = 0.003, respectively). A positive correlation was observed between CRP and microalbuminuria (Spearman's rho 0.114, p = 0.024). The composite end point was observed in 73 patients (18 patients died and 59 patients developed acute kidney injury). At multivariable regression analysis, microalbuminuria was an independent predictor of acute kidney injury. At follow-up [42.6 (25th-75th percentile, 17.5-56.8) months], KaplanMeier curve analysis showed that patients with microalbuminuria had a lower survival rate in respect to patients without microalbuminuria. Cox regression analysis documented that microalbuminuria was an independent predictor of long term mortality (HR: 1.089; 97% CI 1.036-1.145; p <0.001). Conclusions. In a large series of STEMI patients without previously known diabetes submitted to PCI, microalbuminuria, as a marker of endothelial permeability following higher systemic inflammatory activation and larger infarct lesions, is an independent predictor for the development acute kidney injury. Furthermore, microalbuminuria identifies a subset of patients at higher risk for long term mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-329
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Acute kidney injury
  • Inflammatory
  • Long term mortality
  • Microalbumuria
  • PCI
  • ST elevation myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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