Inflammation and malnutrition play a critical role in the outcomes of patients undergoing carotid artery stenting (CAS). Prognostic nutritional index (PNI) is commonly utilized to evaluate the peri-operative immune-nutritional status of patients undergoing colorectal cancer surgery and is independently associated with survival. We assessed the association between immune-nutritional status, indexed by PNI, and outcomes in CAS patients.
A total of 615 patients hospitalized for CAS in a tertiary heart center were enrolled in the study. PNI was calculated using the following formula: 10× serum albumin value (g/dL) + 0.005 × total lymphocyte count in the peripheral blood (per mm3). In-hospital and 5-year outcomes (ipsilateral stroke, major stroke, transient ischemic attack, myocardial infarction, and mortality) were compared between the tertiles of PNI.
In-hospital outcomes were similar between the groups except the increased mortality in decreasing tertiles of PNI. During a mean follow-up duration of 51.1 months, the lower PNI tertile was related to unfavorable outcomes. After adjusting for multi-model Cox regression analysis, PNI persisted as an independent prognostic factor for mortality and major stroke.
PNI was independently associated with long-term mortality and major stroke in CAS patients. Malnutrition and inflammation, which can be assessed easily and quickly using PNI, have an important prognostic value in the patients undergoing CAS.
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