Effects of intensive glycaemic control on ischaemic heart disease: analysis of data from the randomised, controlled ACCORD trial

Lancet. 2014 Nov 29;384(9958):1936-41. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60611-5. Epub 2014 Jul 31.


Background: Hyperglycaemia could substantially increase the risk of ischaemic heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes. We investigated whether intensive lowering of glucose concentrations affects risk.

Methods: We assessed 10,251 adults aged 40-79 years with established type 2 diabetes, mean glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) concentration of 67 mmol/mol (8·3%), and risk factors for ischaemic heart disease enrolled in the ACCORD trial. Participants were assigned to intensive or standard therapy (target HbA1c less than 42 or 53-63 mmol/mol [less than 6·0% or 7·0-7·9%], respectively). We assessed fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction, coronary revascularisation, unstable angina, and new angina during active treatment (mean 3·7 years) plus a further mean 1·2 years. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00000620.

Findings: Myocardial infarction was less frequent in the intensive than in the standard therapy group during active treatment (hazard ratio [HR] 0·80, 95% CI 0·67-0·96; p=0·015) and overall (0·84, 0·72-0·97; p=0·02). Findings were similar for combined myocardial infarction, coronary revascularisation, and unstable angina (active treatment HR 0·89, 95% CI 0·79-0·99, overall 0·87 0·79-0·96) and for coronary revascularisation alone (0·84, 0·75-0·94) and unstable angina alone (0·81, 0·67-0·97) during full follow-up. With lowest achieved HbA1C concentrations included as a time-dependent covariate, all hazards became non-significant.

Interpretation: Raised glucose concentration is a modifiable risk factor for ischaemic heart disease in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors.

Funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute on Aging, National Eye Intitute, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angina, Unstable / blood
  • Angina, Unstable / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control*
  • Diabetic Cardiomyopathies / blood
  • Diabetic Cardiomyopathies / prevention & control*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glycated Hemoglobin / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Hyperglycemia / blood
  • Hyperglycemia / prevention & control*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / blood
  • Myocardial Infarction / prevention & control*
  • Myocardial Revascularization / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Hypoglycemic Agents

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT00000620