Continuous glucose monitoring as a tool to identify hyperglycaemia in non-diabetic patients with acute coronary syndromes

Diabet Med. 2009 Feb;26(2):167-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2008.02643.x.


Aim: To explore the occurrence and the distribution of glucose excursions > 7.8 mmol/l by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in non-diabetic patients admitted with acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Methods: Twenty-one non-diabetic patients without baseline hyperglycaemia admitted for ACS wore a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) for a median period of 45.6 h. Occurrence and 24-h distribution of time spent with blood glucose > 7.8 mmol/l (TS > 7.8) were retrospectively investigated.

Results: CGMS data disclosed time spent > 7.8 in 17 patients, whereas only seven of them showed at least one capillary blood glucose test value above the threshold for the same time period. Glucose excursions were detectable earlier from CGMS data. Hyperglycaemia was detected most frequently in the morning, more than 2 h after breakfast.

Conclusions: CGM discloses early and frequent hyperglycaemia in non-diabetic patients with ACS. Intensive glucose monitoring during the morning time period is the most efficient in screening for hyperglycaemia and could be a valuable guide to initiating insulin therapy and to further investigate outcomes in ACS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome / complications
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blood Glucose / analysis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperglycemia / complications
  • Hyperglycemia / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / methods
  • Periodicity*
  • Postprandial Period


  • Blood Glucose