Low ALT levels are associated with poor outcomes in acute coronary syndrome patients in the intensive cardiac care unit

Amitai Segev*, Edward Itelman, Roy Beigel, Gad Segal, Fernando Chernomordik, Shlomi Matetzky, Avishay Grupper

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Background: Frailty is an underrecognized and important entity that bears worse prognosis. Although low serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) can serve as a novel marker of frailty, its use was never assessed in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis of hospitalized ACS patients in the intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU)between 1/5/2011 and 1/12/2020 at a single tertiary medical center. Results: The study included 3956 patients after excluding patients with ALT >40 IU/L, cirrhosis, and missing data, followed for a medianduration of 47 months (IQR 20-77).Patients were stratified into two groups based on their first ALT measurement within the index hospitalization: low-normal ALT group (ALT ≤10 IU/L) vs. high-normal ALT group (ALT >10 IU/L). Patients with ALT≤10 IU/L were older (mean age 71 years vs. 65 years, p<0.001), presented more frequently with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (66.4% vs. 53.2%, p< 0.001), had higher rates of comorbiditiesat baseline, and had a lower Norton score upon admission. Hospitalization length was longer in the low-normal ALT group (p< 0.001). Although the in-hospital mortality rate was similar between the groups (0.9% vs. 0.7%, p = 0.99), long-termmortality was significantly higher in the low-normal ALT group (22.7% vs. 7.9%, p< 0.001). In a multivariate regression model ALT ≤10 IU/l was associated with increased mortality (HR 2.1, 95% CI 1.46-3). Conclusions: Lower serum ALT is associated with worse outcomes in ACS patients admitted to the ICCU.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-390
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Alanine aminotransferase
  • Frailty
  • Prognosis
  • Sarcopenia


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