Last updated on April 2018

Coronary Artery Disease Progression in Patients With Prediabetes


Brief description of study

Prediabetes is a disorder of glucose metabolism that reflects the natural history of progression from normoglycaemia to type 2 diabetes mellitus. Patients with prediabetes have impaired glucose regulation caused by insulin resistance (IR). IR in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with coronary artery remodeling and coronary plaque vulnerability by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) analysis. In stent restenosis after bare metal and drug-eluting stent implantation more frequently is observed in patients with high fasting-insulin levels and IR. Although IR has a significant role in the progression of atherosclerosis in prediabetic patients, the importance of managing prediabetes is often under-appreciated by clinicians. To date, no pharmacological treatment has been officially approved for prediabetes. According to American Diabetes Association recommendations, metformin is the only drug that could be considered in the treatment of prediabetic patients with a high risk of developing diabetes. Metformin is a safe and inexpensive glucose lowering drug that attenuates mortality and future cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes as well as the progression of atherosclerosis in non-diabetic animal models. This study was designed to analyze coronary plaque characteristics by iMAP IVUS in patients with and without prediabetes undergoing PCI and to evaluate the impact of metformin treatment on coronary plaque characteristics in prediabetic patients at 24 month follow up.

The study hypothesis is that more pronounced coronary atherosclerosis progression as well as in-stent neointimal hyperplasia will be observed in patients with prediabetes. Metformin treatment attenuates the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with prediabetes.

Detailed Study Description

Patients undergoing PCI and IVUS pullback for the target vessel will be enrolled in a prospective study. Before PCI and at 24 month follow up fasting blood will be collected for glucose, HbA1c, insulin, C peptide, lipid profile assessment and the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) calculation. Patients' baseline demographic characteristics, medical history, and procedural data will be collected during the index hospitalization and at 24 month follow up. Patients will be divided in groups according to HbA1c - control group (HbA1c<5.7) and prediabetic patients (HbA1c 5.7-6.4). PCI will be performed in accordance with the guidelines. After successful treatment of the culprit lesion IVUS will be done. Following PCI and IVUS patients with prediabetes will be randomly assigned in groups either receiving metformin at a dose of 2000 mg once daily plus standard lifestyle recommendations or standard lifestyle recommendations only. Intravascular ultrasound analysis will be repeated 24 months after the initial PCI.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02744976

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