© The Author(s) 2014. To describe the clinical characteristics of firstever ischemic stroke (IS) patients with prediabetes, and to compare them with diabetes mellitus (DM) and non-DM patient characteristics.Retrospective analysis of a prospective series of first-ever acute IS patients. Patientswere classified as non-DM (HbA1c during admission<5.7 % and no previous evidence of 2 or more fasting glucose>126 mg/dL), prediabetes (HbA1c from 5.7 to 6.4 %), and DM (previous DM diagnosis or HbA1c≥6.5 % independently of current blood glucose). Demographic and clinical characteristics were compared between the three groups, along with outcome data [early neurological deterioration (END), 3-month poor outcome, 3-month mortality, outcome after rtPA treatment]. No demographic differences were observed. Prediabetic patients had more arterial hypertension (p = 0.006) and higher waist circumference (p<0.0001) than non-DM patients, and DM patients had more hypercholesterolemia (p<0.0001), body mass index (p = 0.017), and coronary artery disease (p = 0.005) than prediabetics. There were differences in TOAST subtype distribution (p<0.0001). There were no differences in rtPA treatment success rate between groups. Multivariate analysis adjusted by age and stroke severity showed that DM but not prediabetes is an independent factor associated with END and 3-month poor outcome. Prediabetic patients with IS exhibit an ‘‘intermediate’’ vascular risk factor profile between that of non-DM and DM patients. In contrast to DM patients, IS prognosis in patients with prediabetes is similar to non-DM patients.
- Ischemic stroke
- Vascular risk factor