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High Sensitivity Troponin T and Risk Stratification in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation during Treatment with Apixaban or Warfarin
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Coagulation and inflammation science.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 63, no 1, 52-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives

The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) in addition to clinical risk factors and the CHA2DS2VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, 75 years of age and older, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack, vascular disease, 65 to 74 years of age, female) risk score in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).

Background

The level of troponin is a powerful predictor of cardiovascular events and mortality.

Methods

A total of 14,897 patients with AF were randomized to treatment with apixaban or warfarin in the ARISTOTLE (Apixaban for the Prevention of Stroke in Subjects With Atrial Fibrillation) trial. The associations between baseline hs-TnT levels and outcomes were evaluated using adjusted Cox regression models.

Results

Levels of hs-TnT were measurable in 93.5% of patients; 75% had levels >7.5 ng/l, 50% had levels >11.0 ng/l, and 25% had levels >16.7 ng/l. During a median 1.9-year period, the annual rates of stroke or systemic embolism ranged from 0.87% in the lowest hs-TnT quartile to 2.13% in the highest hs-TnT quartile (adjusted hazard ratio [HR]: 1.94; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.35 to 2.78; p = 0.0010). The annual rates in the corresponding groups ranged from 0.46% to 4.24% (adjusted HR: 4.31; 95% CI: 2.91 to 6.37; p < 0.0001) for cardiac death and from 1.26% to 4.21% (adjusted HR: 1.91; 95% CI: 1.43 to 2.56; p = 0.0001) for major bleeding. Adding hs-TnT levels to the CHA2DS2VASc score improved the C statistic from 0.620 to 0.635 for stroke or systemic embolism (p = 0.0226), from 0.592 to 0.711 for cardiac death (p < 0.0001), and from 0.591 to 0.629 for major bleeding (p < 0.0001). Apixaban reduced rates of stroke, mortality, and bleeding regardless of the hs-TnT level.

Conclusions

Levels of hs-TnT are often elevated in patients with AF. The hs-TnT level is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cardiac death, and major bleeding and improves risk stratification beyond the CHA2DS2VASc risk score. The benefits of apixaban as compared with warfarin are consistent regardless of the hs-TnT level. (Apixaban for the Prevention of Stroke in Subjects With Atrial Fibrillation [ARISTOTLE];

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2014. Vol. 63, no 1, 52-61 p.
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198845DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2013.07.093ISI: 000329838300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198845DiVA: diva2:618255
Available from: 2013-04-26 Created: 2013-04-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. New Risk Markers in Atrial Fibrillation
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Atrial fibrillation (AF) confers an independent increased risk of stroke and death. The stroke risk is very heterogeneous and current risk stratification models based on clinical variables, such as the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc score, only offer a modest discriminating value.

The aims of this thesis were to study cardiac biomarkers, cardiac troponin and natriuretic peptides e.g. N-terminal prohormone-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and describe levels in AF patients, investigate the association with stroke or systemic embolism, cardiovascular event, major bleeding and mortality, and to assess how levels of cardiac biomarkers change over time. Cardiac troponin was analyzed with contemporary assays and high sensitivity assays. The study populations consisted of patients with atrial fibrillation and one risk factor for stroke included in the RE-LY (n=6189) and the ARISTOTLE (n=14892) biomarker substudies. Median follow-up time was 2.2 years and 1.9 years, respectively. In a subset of participants (n=2514) data from repeated measurements was available at three months.

Cardiac troponin was detectable in 57.0% with the contemporary assay and 99.4% with the high sensitivity assay. NT-proBNP was elevated in approximately three quarters of the participants. In Cox models adjusted for established risk factors the cardiac biomarkers levels was independently associated with stroke or systemic embolism, cardiovascular events, and mortality. Only cardiac troponin was associated with major bleeding. In ROC analyses the prediction of stroke or systemic embolism, cardiovascular events, and mortality increased significantly by addition of cardiac troponin or NT-proBNP to the models. Persistent detectable cardiac troponin (contemporary assay) and elevated NT-proBNP levels were found in a large number of participants. Persistent detectable or elevated levels conferred significantly higher risk for stroke or systemic embolism, cardiovascular events, and mortality. By using both cardiac biomarkers simultaneously the risk stratification improved even further for all outcomes.

In conclusion the analyses for the first time display that elevation of troponin I and NT-proBNP are common in patients with AF and independently related to increased risks of stroke, cardiovascular events and mortality. Persistent elevation of troponin and NT-proBNP indicate a worse prognosis than transient elevations or no elevations of either marker. The cardiac biomarkers added substantial improvements to existing risk stratification models.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 76 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 906
Keyword
atrial fibrillation, stroke risk, cardiac biomarkers, troponin, natriuretic peptides, NT-proBNP, risk stratification
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
Research subject
Cardiology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198833 (URN)978-91-554-8680-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-06-13, Ebba Enghoffsalen, Ingång 50, bv. Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-05-21 Created: 2013-04-25 Last updated: 2013-08-30Bibliographically approved

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