Triglyceride-glucose index and common carotid artery intima-media thickness in patients with ischemic stroke

Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2022 Mar 18;21(1):43. doi: 10.1186/s12933-022-01472-1.


Background: Triglyceride glucose (TyG) index was recently reported to be associated with an increased risk of the development and recurrence of cardiovascular events, and atherosclerosis is a main speculative mechanism. However, data on the relationship between TyG index and atherosclerosis, especially in the setting of ischemic stroke, is rare. We aimed to explore the association between TyG index and carotid atherosclerosis in patients with ischemic stroke.

Methods: A total of 1523 ischemic stroke patients with TyG index and carotid artery imaging data were enrolled in this analysis. The TyG index was calculated as ln [fasting triglyceride (mg/dL) × fasting glucose (mg/dL)/2]. Carotid atherosclerosis was measured by common carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT), and abnormal cIMT was defined as a mean cIMT and maximum cIMT value ≥ 1 mm. Multivariable logistic regression models and restricted cubic spline models were used to assess the relationships between TyG index and abnormal cIMT. Risk reclassification and calibration of models with TyG index were analyzed.

Results: The multivariable-adjusted odds ratios (95% CIs) in quartile 4 versus quartile 1 of TyG index were 1.56 (1.06-2.28) for abnormal mean cIMT and 1.46 (1.02-2.08) for abnormal maximum cIMT, respectively. There were linear relationships between TyG index and abnormal mean cIMT (P for linearity = 0.005) and abnormal maximum cIMT (P for linearity = 0.027). In addition, the TyG index provided incremental predictive capacity beyond established risk factors, shown by an increase in net reclassification improvement and integrated discrimination improvement (all P < 0.05).

Conclusions: A higher TyG index was associated with carotid atherosclerosis measured by cIMT in patients with ischemic stroke, suggesting that TyG could be a promising atherosclerotic marker.

Keywords: Atherosclerosis; Carotid artery intima-media thickness; Ischemic stroke; Triglyceride glucose index.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Atherosclerosis*
  • Blood Glucose
  • Carotid Arteries / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery Diseases* / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Carotid Artery, Common / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Intima-Media Thickness
  • Glucose
  • Humans
  • Ischemic Stroke*
  • Risk Factors
  • Triglycerides


  • Blood Glucose
  • Triglycerides
  • Glucose