Limited Added Value of Circulating Inflammatory Biomarkers in Chronic Heart Failure.

Ståle H Nymo, Pål Aukrust, John Kjekshus, John J V McMurray, John G F Cleland, John Wikstrand, Pieter Muntendam, Ursula Wienhues-Thelen, Roberto Latini, Erik Tandberg Askevold, Jørgen Gravning, Christen P Dahl, Kaspar Broch, Arne Yndestad, Lars Gullestad, Thor Ueland, ,


JACC. Heart failure, March 31, 2017


This study sought to evaluate whether a panel of biomarkers improved prognostication in patients with heart failure (HF) and reduced ejection fraction of ischemic origin using a systematized approach according to suggested requirements for validation of new biomarkers. Modeling combinations of multiple circulating markers could potentially identify patients with HF at particularly high risk and aid in the selection of individualized therapy. From a panel of 20 inflammatory and extracellular matrix biomarkers, 2 different biomarker panels were created and added to the Seattle HF score and the prognostic model from the CORONA (Controlled Rosuvastatin Multinational Trial in Heart Failure) study (n = 1,497), which included conventional clinical characteristics and C-reactive protein and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide. Interactions with statin treatment were also assessed. The two models-model 1 (endostatin, interleukin 8, soluble ST2, troponin T, galectin 3, and chemokine [C-C motif] ligand 21) and model 2 (troponin T, soluble ST2, galectin 3, pentraxin 3, and soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor 2)-significantly improved the CORONA and Seattle HF models but added only modestly to their Harrell’s C statistic and net reclassification index. In addition, rosuvastatin had no effect on the levels of a wide range of inflammatory and extracellular matrix markers, but there was a tendency for patients with a lower level of biomarkers in the 2 panels to have a positive effect from statin treatment. In the specific HF patient population studied, a multimarker approach using the particular panel of biomarkers measured was of limited clinical value for identifying future risk of adverse outcomes.

Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Pubmed Link: 28359413

DOI: 10.1016/j.jchf.2017.01.008