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  • 1.
    Aimo, Alberto
    et al.
    Univ Hosp Pisa, Cardiol Div, Pisa, Italy.
    Januzzi, James L., Jr.
    Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Boston, MA 02114 USA;Baim Inst Clin Res, Boston, MA USA.
    Vergaro, Giuseppe
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Inst Life Sci, Pisa, Italy;Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Clerico, Aldo
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Inst Life Sci, Pisa, Italy;Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Latini, Roberto
    IRCCS, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Ist Ric Farmacolog Mario Negri, Milan, Italy.
    Meessen, Jennifer
    IRCCS, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Ist Ric Farmacolog Mario Negri, Milan, Italy.
    Anand, Inder S.
    Univ Minnesota, Div Cardiovasc Med, Minneapolis, MN USA;VA Med Ctr, Dept Cardiol, Minneapolis, MN USA.
    Cohn, Jay N.
    Univ Minnesota, Div Cardiovasc Med, Minneapolis, MN USA.
    Gravning, Jorgen
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Oslo, Norway;Univ Oslo, Ctr Heart Failure Res, Oslo, Norway.
    Ueland, Thor
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Rikshosp, Res Inst Internal Med, Oslo, Norway;Univ Oslo, Fac Med, Oslo, Norway;Univ Tromso, KG Jebsen Thrombosis Res & Expertise Ctr, Tromso, Norway.
    Nymo, Stale H.
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Rikshosp, Res Inst Internal Med, Oslo, Norway.
    Brunner-La Rocca, Hans-Peter
    Maastricht Univ, Dept Cardiol, Med Ctr, Maastricht, Netherlands.
    Bayes-Genis, Antoni
    Hosp Badalona Germans Trias & Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.
    Lupon, Josep
    Hosp Badalona Germans Trias & Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.
    de Boer, Rudolf A.
    Univ Med Ctr Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Yoshihisa, Akiomi
    Fukushima Med Univ, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Fukushima, Japan.
    Takeishi, Yasuchika
    Fukushima Med Univ, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Fukushima, Japan.
    Egstrup, Michael
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Rigshosp, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Gustafsson, Ida
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Rigshosp, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Gagging, Hanna K.
    Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Boston, MA 02114 USA;Baim Inst Clin Res, Boston, MA USA.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Huber, Kurt
    Wilhelminenspital & Sigmund Freud Univ, Fac Internal Med, Med Sch, Vienna, Austria.
    Tentzeris, Ioannis
    Wilhelminenspital & Sigmund Freud Univ, Fac Internal Med, Med Sch, Vienna, Austria.
    Ripoli, Andrea
    Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Passino, Claudio
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Inst Life Sci, Pisa, Italy;Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Emdin, Michele
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Inst Life Sci, Pisa, Italy;Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Revisiting the obesity paradox in heart failure: Per cent body fat as predictor of biomarkers and outcome2019In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, ISSN 2047-4873, E-ISSN 2047-4881, Vol. 26, no 16, p. 1751-1759Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims Obesity defined by body mass index (BMI) is characterized by better prognosis and lower plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in heart failure. We assessed whether another anthropometric measure, per cent body fat (PBF), reveals different associations with outcome and heart failure biomarkers (NT-proBNP, high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT), soluble suppression of tumorigenesis-2 (sST2)). Methods In an individual patient dataset, BMI was calculated as weight (kg)/height (m) (2) , and PBF through the Jackson-Pollock and Gallagher equations. Results Out of 6468 patients (median 68 years, 78% men, 76% ischaemic heart failure, 90% reduced ejection fraction), 24% died over 2.2 years (1.5-2.9), 17% from cardiovascular death. Median PBF was 26.9% (22.4-33.0%) with the Jackson-Pollock equation, and 28.0% (23.8-33.5%) with the Gallagher equation, with an extremely strong correlation (r = 0.996, p < 0.001). Patients in the first PBF tertile had the worst prognosis, while patients in the second and third tertile had similar survival. The risks of all-cause and cardiovascular death decreased by up to 36% and 27%, respectively, per each doubling of PBF. Furthermore, prognosis was better in the second or third PBF tertiles than in the first tertile regardless of model variables. Both BMI and PBF were inverse predictors of NT-proBNP, but not hs-TnT. In obese patients (BMI >= 30 kg/m(2), third PBF tertile), hs-TnT and sST2, but not NT-proBNP, independently predicted outcome. Conclusion In parallel with increasing BMI or PBF there is an improvement in patient prognosis and a decrease in NT-proBNP, but not hs-TnT or sST2. hs-TnT or sST2 are stronger predictors of outcome than NT-proBNP among obese patients.

  • 2. Aimo, Alberto
    et al.
    Januzzi, James L
    Vergaro, Giuseppe
    Eggers, Kai M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Circulating levels and prognostic value of soluble ST2 in heart failure are less influenced by age than N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and high-sensitivity troponin T2020In: European Journal of Heart Failure, ISSN 1388-9842, E-ISSN 1879-0844, Vol. 22, no 11, p. 2078-2088Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) and soluble suppression of tumorigenesis-2 (sST2) predict outcome in chronic heart failure (HF). We assessed the influence of age on circulating levels and prognostic significance of these biomarkers. Methods and results Individual data from 5301 patients with chronic HF and NT-proBNP, hs-TnT, and sST2 data were evaluated. Patients were stratified according to age: <60 years (n = 1332, 25%), 60-69 years (n = 1628, 31%), 70-79 years (n = 1662, 31%), and >= 80 years (n = 679, 13%). Patients (median age 66 years, 75% men, median left ventricular ejection fraction 28%, 64% with ischaemic HF) had median NT-proBNP 1564 ng/L, hs-TnT 21 ng/L, and sST2 29 ng/mL. Age independently predicted NT-proBNP and hs-TnT, but not sST2. The best NT-proBNP and hs-TnT cut-offs for 1-year and 5-year all-cause and cardiovascular mortality and 1- to 12-month HF hospitalization increased with age, while the best sST2 cut-offs did not. When stratifying patients according to age- and outcome-specific cut-offs, this stratification yielded independent prognostic significance over NT-proBNP levels only, or the composite of NT-proBNP and hs-TnT, and improved risk prediction for most endpoints. Finally, absolute NT-proBNP, hs-TnT, and sST2 levels predicted outcomes independent of age, sex, left ventricular ejection fraction category, ethnic group, and other variables. Conclusions Soluble ST2 is less influenced by age than NT-proBNP or hs-TnT; all these biomarkers predict outcome regardless of age. The use of age- and outcome-specific cut-offs of NT-proBNP, hs-TnT and sST2 allows more accurate risk stratification than NT-proBNP alone or the combination of NT-proBNP and hs-TnT.

  • 3.
    Aimo, Alberto
    et al.
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy.
    Januzzi, James L
    Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Boston, MA, USA; Harvard Clin Res Inst, Boston, MA USA.
    Vergaro, Giuseppe
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy; Fdn Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Ripoli, Andrea
    Fdn Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Latini, Roberto
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Masson, Serge
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Magnoli, Michela
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Anand, Inder S
    Univ Minnesota, Div Cardiovasc Med, Minneapolis, MN, USA; VA Med Ctr, Dept Cardiol, Minneapolis, MN USA.
    Cohn, Jay N
    Univ Minnesota, Div Cardiovasc Med, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
    Tavazzi, Luigi
    ES Hlth Sci Fdn, GVM Hosp Care & Res, Cotignola, Italy.
    Tognoni, Gianni
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Gravning, Jørgen
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Ulleval, Norway; Univ Oslo, Ctr Heart Failure Res, Oslo, Norway.
    Ueland, Thor
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Rikshosp, Internal Med Res Inst, Oslo, Norway; Univ Oslo, Fac Med, Oslo, Norway; Univ Tromso, Jebsen Thrombosis Res & Expertise Ctr, Tromso, Norway.
    Nymo, Ståle H
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Rikshosp, Internal Med Res Inst, Oslo, Norway.
    Brunner-La Rocca, Hans-Peter
    Maastricht Univ, Med Ctr, Dept Cardiol, Maastricht, Netherlands.
    Bayes-Genis, Antoni
    Hosp Badalona Germans Trias & Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.
    Lupón, Josep
    Hosp Badalona Germans Trias & Pujol, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.
    de Boer, Rudolf A
    Univ Groningen, Univ Med Ctr Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Yoshihisa, Akiomi
    Fukushima Med Univ, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Fukushima, Japan.
    Takeishi, Yasuchika
    Fukushima Med Univ, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Fukushima, Japan.
    Egstrup, Michael
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Rigshosp, Dept Cardiol, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Gustafsson, Ida
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Rigshosp, Dept Cardiol, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Gaggin, Hanna K
    Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Boston, MA, USA; Harvard Clin Res Inst, Boston, MA, USA.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Huber, Kurt
    Wilhelminenspital Stadt Wien, Fac Internal Med, Vienna, Austria; Sigmund Freud Univ, Med Sch, Vienna, Austria.
    Tentzeris, Ioannis
    Wilhelminenspital Stadt Wien, Fac Internal Med, Vienna, Austria; Sigmund Freud Univ, Med Sch, Vienna, Austria.
    Tang, Wai H.W.
    Cleveland Clin, Inst Heart & Vasc, Cleveland, OH, USA.
    Grodin, Justin
    Univ Texas Southwestern Med Ctr Dallas, Dept Internal Med, Dallas, TX USA.
    Passino, Claudio
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy; Fdn Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Emdin, Michele
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy; Fdn Toscana Gabriele Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Prognostic Value of High-Sensitivity Troponin T in Chronic Heart Failure: An Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis2018In: Circulation, ISSN 0009-7322, E-ISSN 1524-4539, Vol. 137, no 3, p. 286-297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Most patients with chronic heart failure have detectable troponin concentrations when evaluated by high-sensitivity assays. The prognostic relevance of this finding has not been clearly established so far. We aimed to assess high-sensitivity troponin assay for risk stratification in chronic heart failure through a meta-analysis approach.

    Methods: Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Scopus were searched in April 2017 by 2 independent authors. The terms were “troponin” AND “heart failure” OR “cardiac failure” OR “cardiac dysfunction” OR “cardiac insufficiency” OR “left ventricular dysfunction.” Inclusion criteria were English language, clinical stability, use of a high-sensitivity troponin assay, follow-up studies, and availability of individual patient data after request to authors. Data retrieved from articles and provided by authors were used in agreement with the PRISMA statement. The end points were all-cause death, cardiovascular death, and hospitalization for cardiovascular cause.

    Results: Ten studies were included, reporting data on 11 cohorts and 9289 patients (age 66±12 years, 77% men, 60% ischemic heart failure, 85% with left ventricular ejection fraction <40%). High-sensitivity troponin T data were available for all patients, whereas only 209 patients also had high-sensitivity troponin I assayed. When added to a prognostic model including established risk markers (sex, age, ischemic versus nonischemic etiology, left ventricular ejection fraction, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and N-terminal fraction of pro-B-type natriuretic peptide), high-sensitivity troponin T remained independently associated with all-cause mortality (hazard ratio, 1.48; 95% confidence interval, 1.41–1.55), cardiovascular mortality (hazard ratio, 1.40; 95% confidence interval, 1.33–1.48), and cardiovascular hospitalization (hazard ratio, 1.42; 95% confidence interval, 1.36–1.49), over a median 2.4-year follow-up (all P<0.001). High-sensitivity troponin T significantly improved risk prediction when added to a prognostic model including the variables above. It also displayed an independent prognostic value for all outcomes in almost all population subgroups. The area under the curve–derived 18 ng/L cutoff yielded independent prognostic value for the 3 end points in both men and women, patients with either ischemic or nonischemic etiology, and across categories of renal dysfunction.

    Conclusions: In chronic heart failure, high-sensitivity troponin T is a strong and independent predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, and of hospitalization for cardiovascular causes, as well. This biomarker then represents an additional tool for prognostic stratification.

  • 4.
    Aimo, Alberto
    et al.
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy.
    Januzzi, James L.
    Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Harvard Clin Res Inst, Boston, MA USA.
    Vergaro, Giuseppe
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy; Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Ripoli, Andrea
    Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Latini, Roberto
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Masson, Serge
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Magnoli, Michela
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Anand, Inder S.
    Univ Minnesota, Div Cardiovasc Med, Minneapolis, MN USA; VA Med Ctr, Dept Cardiol, Minneapolis, MN USA.
    Cohn, Jay N
    Univ Minnesota, Div Cardiovasc Med, Minneapolis, MN USA.
    Tavazzi, Luigi
    ES Hlth Sci Fdn, GVM Hosp Care & Res, Cotignola, Italy.
    Tognoni, Gianni
    IRCCS Ist Ric Farmacol Mario Negri, Dept Cardiovasc Res, Milan, Italy.
    Gravning, Jørgen
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Oslo, Norway; Univ Oslo, Ctr Heart Failure Res, Oslo, Norway.
    Ueland, Thor
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Res Inst Internal Med, Rikshosp, Oslo, Norway; Univ Oslo, Fac Med, Oslo, Norway; Univ Tromso, KG Jebsen Thrombosis Res & Expertise Ctr, Tromso, Norway .
    Nymo, Ståle H
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Res Inst Internal Med, Rikshosp, Oslo, Norway.
    Rocca, Hans-Peter Brunner-La
    Maastricht Univ, Med Ctr, Dept Cardiol, Maastricht, Netherland.
    Bayes-Genis, Antoni
    Hosp Badalona Germans Trias & Pujol, Barcelona, Spain.
    Lupón, Josep
    Hosp Badalona Germans Trias & Pujol, Barcelona, Spain.
    de Boer, Rudolf A.
    Univ Med Ctr Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Yoshihisa, Akiomi
    Fukushima Med Univ, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Fukushima, Japan.
    Takeishi, Yasuchika
    Fukushima Med Univ, Dept Cardiovasc Med, Fukushima, Japan.
    Egstrup, Michael
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Rigshosp, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Gustafsson, Ida
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiol, Rigshosp, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Gaggin, Hanna K.
    Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Harvard Clin Res Inst, Boston, MA USA.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    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, Cardiology.
    Huber, Kurt
    Wilhelminenspital Stadt Wien, Fac Internal Med, Vienna, Austria; Sigmund Freud Univ, Med Sch, Vienna, Austria.
    Tentzeris, Ioannis
    Wilhelminenspital Stadt Wien, Fac Internal Med, Vienna, Austria; Sigmund Freud Univ, Med Sch, Vienna, Austria.
    Wilson Tang, W. H.
    Cleveland Clin, Heart & Vasc Inst, Cleveland, OH USA.
    Grodin, Justin L
    Univ Texas Southwestern Med Ctr Dallas, Dept Internal Med, Div Cardiol, Dallas, TX USA.
    Passino, Claudio
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy; Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    Emdin, Michele
    Scuola Super Sant Anna, Pisa, Italy; Fdn Toscana G Monasterio, Pisa, Italy.
    High-sensitivity troponin T, NT-proBNP and glomerular filtration rate: A multimarker strategy for risk stratification in chronic heart failure2019In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 277, p. 166-172, article id S0167-5273(18)32769-4Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In a recent individual patient data meta-analysis, high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) emerged as robust predictor of prognosis in stable chronic heart failure (HF). In the same population, we compared the relative predictive performances of hs-TnT, N-terminal fraction of pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), hs-C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) for prognosis.

    Methods and results: 9289 patients (66 ± 12 years, 77% men, 85% LVEF <40%, 60% ischemic HF) were evaluated over a 2.4-year median follow-up. Median eGFR was 58 mL/min/1.73 m2 (interquartile interval 46–70; n = 9220), hs-TnT 16 ng/L (8–20; n = 9289), NT-proBNP 1067 ng/L (433–2470; n = 8845), and hs-CRP 3.3 mg/L (1.4–7.8; n = 7083). In a model including all 3 biomarkers, only hs-TnT and NT-proBNP were independent predictors of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality and cardiovascular hospitalization. hs-TnT was a stronger predictor than NT-proBNP: for example, the risk for all-cause death increased by 54% per doubling of hs-TnT vs. 24% per doubling of NT-proBNP. eGFR showed independent prognostic value from both hs-TnT and NT-proBNP. The best hs-TnT and NT-proBNP cut-offs for the prediction of all-cause death increased progressively with declining renal function (eGFR ≥ 90: hs-TnT 13 ng/L and NT-proBNP 825 ng/L; eGFR < 30: hs-TnT 40 ng/L and NT-proBNP 4608 ng/L). Patient categorization according to these cut-offs effectively stratified patient prognosis across all eGFR classes.

    Conclusions: hs-TnT conveys independent prognostic information from NT-proBNP, while hs-CRP does not. Concomitant assessment of eGFR may further refine risk stratification. Patient classification according to hs-TnT and NT-proBNP cut-offs specific for the eGFR classes holds prognostic significance.

  • 5. Alsén, Martin
    et al.
    Hagström, Emil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Eggers, Kai
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Johnston, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    »HEART score« – lösningen på säker handläggning av patienter med misstänkt akut kranskärlsjukdom på akutmottagningen?: ["HEART score"--the solution for secure management of patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department?]2013In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 110, no 27-28, p. 1297-Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Eggers, Kai
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Dellborg, Mikael
    Oldgren, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Risk prediction in chest pain patients by biochemical markers including estimates of renal function2008In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 128, no 2, p. 207-213Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Early risk stratification of patients with chest pain may be improved by combining cardiac Troponin I (cTnI) results and ECG findings with markers of left-ventricular dysfunction, inflammation or renal function. Methods: Serial measurements of cTnI were prospectively performed in 452 chest pain patients with a non-diagnostic ECG for AMI and admitted to the coronary care unit. NT-pro BNP, CRP, cystatin C and creatinine-clearance were retrospectively analyzed in admission samples. The prognostic value of these markers alone and in different combinations together with ECG findings was evaluated by multivariate logistic regression models. Results: During follow-up, 14 deaths and 21 myocardial (re)-infarctions occurred. Independent predictors for the combined endpoint of death or (re)-infarction were peak cTnI ≥0.1 μg/L within 24 h (OR 3.9; 95% confidence interval [CI]1.5-10.4), cystatin C ≥1.28 mg/L (OR 5.6; 95% CI 1.9-16.3) and NT-pro BNP ≥550 ng/L (OR 2.7; 95% CI 1.0-7.3). At 2 h from admission, a combination of cTnI ≥0.1 μg/L, an abnormal ECG and NT-pro BNP or cystatin C as a third variable resulted in a similar stratification of patients to different risk groups. Conclusion: cTnI, NT-pro BNP and cystatin C are strong risk predictors in patients with chest pain. For pragmatic reasons, a combination of cTnI ≥0.1 μg/L, ECG findings and a marker of renal function, preferably cystatin C, appears to be most appropriate for early risk stratification of these patients.

  • 7.
    Eggers, Kai
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Ellenius, Johan
    Dellborg, Mikael
    Groth, Torgny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Oldgren, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Artificial neural network algorithms for early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and prediction of infarct size in chest pain patients2007In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 114, no 3, p. 366-374Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: To prospectively validate artificial neural network (ANN)-algorithms for early diagnosis of myocardial infarction (AMI) and prediction of 'major infarct' size in patients with chest pain and without ECG changes diagnostic for AMI. Methods: Results of early and frequent Stratus CS measurements of troponin I (TnI) and myoglobin in 310 patients were used to validate four prespecified ANN-algorithms with use of cross-validation techniques. Two separate biochemical criteria for diagnosis of AMI were applied: TnI ≥ 0.1 μg/L within 24 h ('TnI 0.1 AMI') and TnI ≥ 0.4 μg/L within 24 h ('TnI 0.4 AMI'). To be considered clinically useful, the ANN-indications of AMI had to achieve a predefined positive predictive value (PPV) ≥ 78% and a negative predictive value (NPV) ≥ 94% at 2 h after admission. 'Major infarct' size was defined by peak levels of CK-MB within 24 h. Results: For the best performing ANN-algorithms, the PPV and NPV for the indication of 'TnI 0.1 AMI' were 87% (p = 0.009) and 99% (p = 0.0001) at 2 h, respectively. For the indication of 'TnI 0.4 AMI', the PPV and NPV were 90% (p = 0.006) and 99% (p = 0.0004), respectively. Another ANN-algorithm predicted 'major AMI' at 2 h with a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 78%. Corresponding PPV and NPV were 73% and 97%, respectively. Conclusions: Specially designed ANN-algorithms allow diagnosis of AMI within 2 h of monitoring. These algorithms also allow early prediction of 'major AMI' size and could thus, be used as a valuable instrument for rapid assessment of chest pain patients.

  • 8.
    Eggers, Kai
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Hammarsten, Ola
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Bedömning av patienter med bröstsmärta:: Kan vi nöja oss med mätning av troponin enbart vid ankomst?2014In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 111, no 25-26, p. 1132-1133Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 9.
    Eggers, Kai
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lagerqvist, Bo
    Venge, Per
    Wallentin, Lars
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Pathophysiologic mechanisms and prognostic value of persistent cardiac troponin I elevation in stabilized patients after an episode of acute coronary syndrome.2008In: American Heart Journal, Vol. 156, p. 588-94Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Eggers, Kai
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lagerqvist, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Persistent cardiac troponin I elevation in stabilized patients after an episode of acute coronary syndrome predicts long-term mortality2007In: Circulation, ISSN 0009-7322, E-ISSN 1524-4539, Vol. 116, no 17, p. 1907-1914Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND - In patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome, any troponin elevation is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular events. However, the prevalence and prognostic importance of persistent troponin elevation in stabilized patients after an episode of non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome are unknown and were therefore assessed in this study. METHODS AND RESULTS - Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) was measured in 1092 stabilized patients at 6 weeks and 3 and 6 months after enrollment in the FRagmin and Fast Revascularization during InStability in Coronary artery disease (FRISC-II) trial. cTnI was analyzed with the Access AccuTnI assay with the application of different prognostic cutoffs. Outcomes were assessed through 5 years. Elevated cTnI levels >0.01 μg/L were found in 48% of the study patients at 6 weeks, in 36% at 6 months, and in 26% at all 3 measurements. cTnI elevation was associated with increased age and other cardiovascular high-risk features. The lowest tested cTnI cutoff (0.01 μg/L) was prognostically most useful and was independently predictive of mortality (hazard ratio, 2.1 [95% confidence interval, 1.3 to 3.3]; P=0.001) on multivariable analysis adjusted for cardiovascular risk factors and randomization to an invasive versus noninvasive treatment strategy, whereas it was related to myocardial infarction only on univariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS - Persistent minor cTnI elevation can be detected frequently in patients stabilized after an episode of non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome with the use of a sensitive assay. Elevated cTnI levels >0.01 μg/L predict mortality during long-term follow-up. Our results emphasize the importance of further troponin testing in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome patients after hospital discharge.

  • 11.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Defining acute myocardial infarction2015In: Heart and Metabolism, ISSN 1566-0338, no 67, p. 34-38Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The definition of myocardial infarction (MI) has evolved over the last decades, from rather simple criteriain the first World Health Organization documents, to a five-category classification in the 2007 and 2012universal definitions. In particular, the introduction of sensitive and cardiospecific biomarkers in clinicalpractice has had a clear impact in this regard, as well as a more differentiated perspective on thepathophysiology of myocardial injury, in particular in the setting of invasive coronary procedures. Theimplications of the revisions of the definition criteria of MI have been important as they have affected ourperception of MI as a disease state. In addition, they have contributed to an improved identification ofat-risk patients warranting customized treatment regimens. However, several aspects of the definitioncriteria of MI are still debated and will likely be subject to modifications in forthcoming updates of theuniversal definition.

  • 12.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Mental Stress and Cardiac Troponin2013In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 62, no 18, p. 1702-1703Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Serial Measurement of Biomarkers after Acute Coronary Syndrome: Which One to Choose?2017In: Clinical Chemistry, ISSN 0009-9147, E-ISSN 1530-8561, Vol. 63, no 7, p. 1181-1183Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Aldous, Sally
    Greenslade, Jaimi H.
    Johnston, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Parsonage, William A.
    Pickering, John W.
    Than, Martin
    Cullen, Louise
    Two-hour diagnostic algorithms for early assessment of patients with acute chest pain - Implications of lowering the cardiac troponin I cut-off to the 97.5th percentile2015In: Clinica Chimica Acta, ISSN 0009-8981, E-ISSN 1873-3492, Vol. 445, p. 19-24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims: Assessment of patients with suspected non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is based on cardiac troponin (cTn) levels with the 99th percentile as cut-off. However, cardiovascular risk starts already at lower troponin concentrations. We therefore, aimed to investigate the utility of 2-hour algorithms using the high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) 97.5th percentile as cut-off which corresponds to the standard URL for most biomarkers. Methods: Hs-cTnI was measured at presentation and 2 h in 1624 chest pain patients. Diagnostic algorithms were developed applying hs-cTnI levels dichotomized at the 99th and 97.5th percentiles combined with hs-cTnI changes and/or ECG findings. Results: The prevalence of NSTEMI was 13.9%. The adjusted odds ratios for 1-year mortality were 2.7(95% CI 1.4-5.1) for the 99th percentile and 3.1 (95% CI 1.6-5.9) for the 97.5th percentile. The best-performing 99th percentile-based algorithms provided a positive predictive value (PPV) of 863% and a negative predictive value (NPV) of 993%. Using 97.5th percentile-based algorithms to define NSTEMI resulted in few reclassifications and yielded similar diagnostic estimates (PPV 85.4%, NPV 99.4%). Conclusion: The hs-cTnI 97.5th percentile integrated into 2-hour algorithms provided high diagnostic estimates and could, due to better prognostic properties serve as an alternative to the 99th percentile.

  • 15.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Al-Shakarchi, Jinan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Berglund, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Coagulation and inflammation science.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Zethelius, Björn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    High-sensitive cardiac troponin T and its relations to cardiovascular risk factors, morbidity, and mortality in elderly men2013In: American Heart Journal, ISSN 0002-8703, E-ISSN 1097-6744, Vol. 166, no 3, p. 541-+Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Cardiac troponin is emerging as risk indicator in community-dwelling populations. In this study, we investigated the associations of cardiac troponin T (cTnT) to cardiovascular (CV) disease and outcome in elderly men. Methods Cardiac troponin T was measured using a high-sensitive assay in 940 men aged 71 years participating in the Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men. We assessed both the cross-sectional associations of cTnT to CV risk factors and morbidities including cancer and the longitudinal associations to outcomes over 10 years of follow-up. Results Cardiac troponin T levels were measurable in 872 subjects (92.8%). In the cross-sectional analyses, cTnT was associated to CV risk factors (diabetes, smoking, and obesity), renal dysfunction, CV disease including atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, and biomarkers of inflammation and left ventricular dysfunction. In the longitudinal analyses, cTnT independently predicted total mortality and CV events including stroke. The standardized adjusted hazard ratio regarding the composite CV end point was 1.5 (95% CI 1.3-1.8), P < .001, for men with prevalent CV disease and 1.2 (95% CI 1.0-1.4), P = .02, for men without. Cardiac troponin T improved discrimination metrics for all outcomes in the total population. This was mainly driven by the prognostic value of cTnT in subjects with prevalent CV disease. Conclusions In community-dwelling men, cTnT levels are associated to CV risk factors and morbidities and predict both fatal and nonfatal CV events. The relations to outcome are mainly seen in men with prevalent CV disease indicating that the prognostic value of cTnT in subjects free from CV disease is limited.

  • 16.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Armstrong, Paul W.
    Califf, Robert M.
    Johnston, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Simoons, Maarten L.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemial structure and function.
    James, Stefan K.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Clinical and prognostic implications of circulating pentraxin 3 levels in non ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome2013In: Clinical Biochemistry, ISSN 0009-9120, E-ISSN 1873-2933, Vol. 46, no 16-17, p. 1655-1659Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is the prototype of the long pentraxin family. PTX3 is involved in inflammatory processes affecting the cardiovascular system, and PTX3 levels have been shown to be elevated and independently prognostic in ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Data on PTX3 levels in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS), in contrast, are limited. The aim of the present analysis was to investigate the implications of PTX3 levels in a fairly large sample of NSTE-ACS patients and in comparison to levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). Design and methods: We measured levels of PTX3 and CRP in both 82 healthy controls and 401 NSTE-ACS patients from the GUSTO IV study, and studied the associations of these biomarkers to clinical data and 1-year mortality. Results: NSTE-ACS patients had significantly higher median PTX3 levels compared to healthy controls (3.8 vs. 1.9 mu g/L; p < 0.001). PTX3 levels in patients with NSTE-ACS were independently related to female sex and cardiac troponin T levels, but not to age or cardiovascular risk factors. PTX3 levels were higher in patients who died within 1 year but did not emerge as an independent predictor of 1-year mortality (adjusted OR 1,2 [95% Cl 0.6-2.31). This was in contrast to CRP (adjusted OR 1.5 [95% Cl 1.1-2.3]). Neither PTX3 nor CRP yielded significant discriminative value regarding mortality prediction. Conclusions: PTX3 levels are elevated in NSTE-ACS. However, the prognostic information provided by PTX3 levels is limited and inferior compared to CRP. Our data, thus, do not support the measurement of PTX3 in patients with NSTE-ACS.

  • 17.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Armstrong, Paul W.
    Califf, Robert M.
    Simoons, Maarten L.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    James, Stefan K.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    ST2 and mortality in non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome2010In: American Heart Journal, ISSN 0002-8703, E-ISSN 1097-6744, Vol. 159, no 5, p. 788-794Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: ST2 is a member of the interleukin-1 receptor family that is up-regulated in conditions associated with increased myocardial strain. ST2 has been shown to be independently predictive of adverse outcome in heart failure and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, but its prognostic value in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) has not been established. METHODS: We measured ST2 at randomization and after 24, 48, and 72 hours in 403 NSTE-ACS patients from the GUSTO IV study, and studied its kinetics and its associations to clinical baseline factors and 1-year mortality. RESULTS: Median ST2 levels decreased from 28.4 U/mL at randomization to 21.8 U/mL at 72 hours (P < .001). Peak levels were noted 6 to 17 hours after symptom onset. Randomization ST2 levels were independently associated to N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide but otherwise exhibited only weak relations to cardiovascular risk factors and comorbidities, and biomarkers of myocardial necrosis or inflammation. ST2 was related to 1-year mortality independently of clinical risk indicators (odds ratio 2.3 [95% CI 1.1-4.6], P = .03) but lost its predictive value after additional adjustment for prognostic biomarkers, in particular N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide. CONCLUSIONS: ST2 levels are elevated early in NSTE-ACS and predict 1-year mortality. Our data indicate that ST2 represents an interesting novel pathophysiologic pathway in the setting of ischemia-related myocardial dysfunction. However, future prospective evaluations in larger populations are needed before the clinical utility of ST2 can be determined.

  • 18.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Baron, Tomasz
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Chapman, A. R.
    Univ Edinburgh, BHF Ctr Cardiovasc Sci, Edinburgh, Scotland..
    Gard, Anton
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Management and outcome trends in type 2 myocardial infarction: an investigation from the SWEDEHEART registry2023In: Scientific Reports, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 13, no 1, article id 7194Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite poor prognosis, patients with type 2 myocardial infarction (MI) tend to be underdiagnosed and undertreated compared to those with type 1 MI. Whether this discrepancy has improved over time is uncertain. We conducted a registry-based cohort study investigating type 2 MI patients managed at Swedish coronary care units (n = 14,833) during 2010–2022. Multivariable-adjusted changes (first three vs last three calendar years of the observation period) were assessed regarding diagnostic examinations (echocardiography, coronary assessment), provision of cardioprotective medications (betablockers, renin–angiotensin–aldosterone-system inhibitors, statins) and 1-year all-cause mortality. Compared to type 1 MI patients (n = 184,329), those with type 2 MI less often had diagnostic examinations and cardioprotective medications. Increases in the use of echocardiography (OR 1.08 [95% confidence interval 1.06–1.09]) and coronary assessment (OR 1.06 [95% confidence interval 1.04–1.08]) were smaller compared to type 1 MI (pinteraction < 0.001). The provision of medications did not increase in type 2 MI. All-cause mortality rate in type 2 MI was 25.4% without temporal change (OR 1.03 [95% confidence interval 0.98–1.07]). Taken together, the provision of medications and all-cause mortality did ot improve in type 2 MI despite modest increases in diagnostic procedures. This emphasizes the need of defining optimal care pathways in these patients.

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  • 19.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Baron, Tomasz
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Gard, Anton
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Clinical and prognostic implications of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T concentrations in type 2 non-ST elevation myocardial infarction2022In: IJC Heart & Vasculature, E-ISSN 2352-9067, Vol. 39, article id 100972Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: While the clinical importance of cardiac troponin is well-known in type 1 myocardial infarction (MI), evidence on this topic in type 2 MI is limited. We assessed the clinical and prognostic implications of high sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTnT) concentrations in a large sample of patients with type 2 MI.

    Methods: Retrospective registry-based cohort study (SWEDEHEART) including 4607 patients with type 2 MI and 43,405 patients with type 1 MI, used for comparisons. Patients with ST-elevation MI were excluded. Multivariable-adjusted regressions were applied to investigate the associations of hs-cTnT concentrations (highest measured value during each hospitalization) with clinical variables and prognosis during a median follow-up of up to 1.9 years.

    Results: Hs-cTnT concentrations (median 264 [25th, 75th percentiles 112-654] ng/L) were significantly associated with various cardiovascular risk factors and comorbidities in type 2 non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI) but only weakly with the underlying triggering condition. Most of these findings including the magnitude of hs-cTn release were similar to type 1 NSTEMI. Hs-cTnT (ln) independently predicted all-cause mortality (hazard ratio 1.13 [95% confidence interval 1.09-1.17]) and major adverse events (hazard ratio 1.13 [95% confidence interval 1.10-1.17]) in type 2 NSTEMI, similar as for type 1 NSTEMI according to interaction analysis. The associations of hs-cTnT (ln) with poor prognosis tended to be stronger in type 2 NSTEMI patients without known cardiovascular disease.

    Conclusions: Hs-cTnT concentrations independently predict adverse outcome in type 2 NSTEMI. The similarities to type 1 NSTEMI however, are striking and emphasize the difficulty to distinguish both MI types.

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  • 20.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Baron, Tomasz
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala Univ, Dept Med Sci, Uppsala, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Uppsala Clin Res Ctr, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Hjort, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Nordenskjold, Anna M.
    Örebro Univ, Fac Hlth, Dept Cardiol, Örebro, Sweden..
    Tornvall, Per
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci & Educ, Sodersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Clinical and prognostic implications of C-reactive protein levels in myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries2021In: Clinical Cardiology, ISSN 0160-9289, E-ISSN 1932-8737, Vol. 44, no 7, p. 1019-1027Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) is a heterogeneous condition. Recent studies suggest that MINOCA patients may have a proinflammatory disposition. The role of inflammation in MINOCA may thus be distinct to myocardial infarction with significant coronary artery disease (MI-CAD). Hypothesis We hypothesized that inflammation reflected by C-reactive protein (CRP) levels might carry unique clinical information in MINOCA. Methods This retrospective registry-based cohort study (SWEDEHEART) included 9916 patients with MINOCA and 97 970 MI-CAD patients, used for comparisons. Multivariable-adjusted regressions were applied to investigate the associations of CRP levels with clinical variables, all-cause mortality and major cardiovascular events (MACE) during a median follow-up of up to 5.3 years. Results Median admission CRP levels in patients with MINOCA and MI-CAD were 5.0 (interquartile range 2.0-9.0) mg/dl and 5.0 (interquartile range 2.1-10.0 mg/dl), respectively. CRP levels in MINOCA exhibited independent associations with various cardiovascular risk factors, comorbidities and estimates of myocardial damage. The association of CRP with peripheral artery disease tended to be stronger compared to MI-CAD. The associations with female sex, renal dysfunction and myocardial damage were stronger in MI-CAD. CRP independently predicted all-cause mortality in MINOCA (hazard ratio 1.22 [95% confidence interval 1.17-1.26]), similar to MI-CAD (p interaction = 0.904). CRP also predicted MACE (hazard ratio 1.08 [95% confidence interval 1.04-1.12]) but this association was weaker compared to MI-CAD (p interaction<.001). Conclusions We found no evidence indicating the presence of a specific inflammatory pattern in acute MINOCA compared to MI-CAD. However, CRP levels were independently, albeit moderately associated with adverse outcome.

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  • 21.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Baron, Tomasz
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Hjort, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Nordenskjold, Anna M.
    Örebro Univ, Fac Hlth, Dept Cardiol, Örebro, Sweden..
    Tornvall, Per
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci & Educ, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    GRACE 2.0 Score for Risk Prediction in Myocardial Infarction With Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries2021In: Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease, E-ISSN 2047-9980, Vol. 10, no 17, article id e021374Article in journal (Other academic)
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  • 22.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Batra, Gorav
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Lakic, Tatevik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Lindbäck, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Budaj, Andrzej
    Grochowski Hosp, Ctr Postgrad Med Educ, Dept Cardiol, Warsaw, Poland..
    Cornel, Jan H.
    Northwest Clin, Dept Cardiol, Alkmaar, Netherlands.;Radboud Univ Nijmegen Med Ctr, Nieuwegein, Netherlands..
    Giannitsis, Evangelos
    Heidelberg Univ, Dept Med 3, Heidelberg, Germany..
    Katus, Hugo A.
    Heidelberg Univ, Dept Med 3, Heidelberg, Germany..
    Storey, Robert F.
    Univ Sheffield, Div Clin Med, Sheffield, S Yorkshire, England.;Sheffield Teaching Hosp NHS Fdn Trust, NIHR Sheffield Biomed Res Ctr, Sheffield, S Yorkshire, England..
    Becker, Richard C.
    Univ Cincinnati, Heart Lung & Vasc Inst, Div Cardiovasc Hlth & Dis, Cincinnati, OH USA..
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Coagulation and inflammation science.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Temporal biomarker concentration patterns during the early course of acute coronary syndrome2024In: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN 1434-6621, E-ISSN 1437-4331, Vol. 62, no 6, p. 1167-1176Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Biomarker concentrations and their changes during acute coronary syndrome (ACS) provide clinically useful information on pathophysiological processes, e.g. myocardial necrosis, hemodynamic stress and inflammation. However, current evidence on temporal biomarker patterns early during ACS is limited, and studies investigating multiple biomarkers are lacking.

    Methods: We measured concentrations of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and I (hs-cTnI), NT-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide, C-reactive protein, and growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) in plasma samples obtained at randomization in ACS patients from the PLATelet inhibition and patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial. Linear regressions with interaction analyses were used to investigate the associations of biomarker concentrations with the time from symptom onset and to model temporal biomarker concentration patterns.

    Results: The study population consisted of 16,944 patients (median age 62 years; 71.3 % males) with 6,853 (40.3 %) having ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and 10,141 (59.7 %) having non-ST-elevation ACS (NSTE-ACS). Concentrations of all biomarkers were associated with time from symptom onset (pinteraction<0.001), apart for GDF-15 (pinteraction=0.092). Concentration increases were more pronounced in STEMI compared to NSTE-ACS. Temporal biomarker patterns for hs-cTnT and hs-cTnI were different depending on sex whereas biomarker patterns for the other biomarkers were similar in cohorts defined by age and sex.

    Conclusions: Temporal concentration patterns differ for various biomarkers early during ACS, reflecting the variability in the activation and duration of different pathophysiological processes, and the amount of injured myocardium. Our data emphasize that the time elapsed from symptom onset should be considered for the interpretation of biomarker results in ACS.

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  • 23.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Dellborg, Mikael
    Johnston, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Oldgren, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Swahn, Eva
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Myeloperoxidase is not useful for the early assessment of patients with chest pain2010In: Clinical Biochemistry, ISSN 0009-9120, E-ISSN 1873-2933, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 240-245Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Myeloperoxidase (MPO) has been listed as a potentially useful risk marker in acute coronary syndrome. However, its clinical utility in patients with acute chest pain is not yet defined. DESIGN AND METHODS: MPO (Architect, Abbott Diagnostics) was measured in 120 healthy controls and 303 chest pain patients who had been admitted to the coronary care units of three Swedish hospitals. RESULTS: Chest pain patents had significantly higher median MPO levels compared to healthy controls (120.6 vs. 78. 9 pmol/L; p<0.001). However, MPO was not useful for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction (c-statistics 0.61 [95% CI 0.54-0.67]), and Cox regression analysis revealed no independent association between MPO and mortality (adjusted hazard ratio 1.3 [95% CI 0.8-2.0]) or the composite endpoint (adjusted hazard ratio 1.1 [95% CI 0.8-1.5]) after a median follow-up of 4.9 years. CONCLUSIONS: MPO provided no clinically relevant information in the present population of chest pain patients.

  • 24.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    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, Cardiology.
    Hadziosmanovic, Nermin
    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.
    Baron, Tomasz
    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.
    Hambraeus, Kristina
    Department of Cardiology, Falun Hospital, Falun, Sweden.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Department of Clinical Sciences, Cardiology, Danderyd Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Danderyd, Sweden.
    Nordenskjöld, Anna
    Faculty of Health, Department of Cardiology, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
    Tornvall, Per
    Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    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, Cardiology.
    Myocardial Infarction with Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries: The Importance of Achieving Secondary Prevention Targets2018In: American Journal of Medicine, ISSN 0002-9343, E-ISSN 1555-7162, Vol. 131, no 5, p. 524-531.e6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND:

    Approximately 5% to 10% of all patients with myocardial infarction have nonobstructive coronary arteries. Studies investigating the importance of follow-up and achievement of conventional secondary prevention targets in these patients are lacking.

    METHODS:

    In this analysis from the Swedish Web-system for Enhancement and Development of Evidence-based care in Heart disease Evaluated According to Recommended Therapies (SWEDEHEART) registry, we investigated 5830 patients with myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries (group 1) and 54,637 patients with myocardial infarction with significant coronary artery disease (≥50% stenosis; group 2). Multivariable- and propensity score-adjusted statistics were used to assess the reduction in the 1-year risk of major adverse events associated with prespecified secondary preventive measures: participation in follow-up at 6 to 10 weeks after the hospitalization and achievement of secondary prevention targets (blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the target ranges, nonsmoking, and participation in exercise training).

    RESULTS:

    Patients in group 1 were less often followed up compared with patients in group 2 and less often achieved any of the secondary prevention targets. Participation in the 6- to 10-week follow-up was associated with a 3% to 20% risk reduction in group 1, similar as for group 2 according to interaction analysis. The improvement in outcome in group 1 was mainly mediated by achieving target range low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (24%-32% risk reduction) and, to a smaller extent, by participation in exercise training (10%-23% risk reduction).

    CONCLUSIONS:

    Selected secondary preventive measures are associated with prognostic benefit in patients with myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries, in particular achieving target range low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Our results indicate that these patients should receive similar follow-up as myocardial infarction patients with significant coronary stenoses.

  • 25.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Hammarsten, Ola
    Department of Clinical Chemistry, Sahlgrenska University Hopsital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Aldous, Sally J.
    Department of Cardiology, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.
    Cullen, Louise
    Emergency Department, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
    Greenslade, Jaimi H.
    Emergency Department, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Parsonage, William A.
    Department of Cardiology, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia .
    Pemberton, Christopher J.
    Christchurch Heart Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Ontago, Christchurch, New Zealand.
    Pickering, John W.
    Christchurch Heart Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Ontago, Christchurch, New Zealand, Emergency Department, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand.
    Richards, A. Mark
    Christchurch Heart Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Ontago, Christchurch, New Zealand, Cardiovascular Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
    Troughton, Richard W.
    Christchurch Heart Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Ontago, Christchurch, New Zealand.
    Than, Martin P.
    Emergency Department, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand .
    Diagnostic and prognostic performance of the ratio between high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I and troponin T in patients with chest pain2022In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 17, no 11, article id e0276645Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Elevations of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) concentrations not related to type 1 myocardial infarction are common in chest pain patients presenting to emergency departments. The discrimination of these patients from those with type 1 myocardial infarction (MI) is challenging and resource-consuming. We aimed to investigate whether the hs-cTn I/T ratio might provide diagnostic and prognostic increment in this context.

    Methods We calculated the hs-cTn I/T ratio in 888 chest pain patients having hs-cTnI (Abbott Laboratories) or hs-cTnT (Roche Diagnostics) concentrations above the respective 99(th) percentile at 2 hours from presentation. All patients were followed for one year regarding mortality.

    Results The median hs-cTn I/T ratio was 3.45 (25(th), 75(th) percentiles 1.80-6.59) in type 1 MI patients (n = 408 (sic) 46.0%]), 1.18 (0.81-1.90) in type 2 MI patients (n = 56 (sic) 6.3%]) and 0.67 (0.39-1.12) in patients without MI. The hs-cTn I/T ratio provided good discrimination of type 1 MI from no type 1 MI (area under the receiver-operator characteristic curve 0.89 (sic) 95% confidence interval 0.86-0.91]), of type 1 MI from type 2 MI (area under the curve 0.81 (sic) 95% confidence interval 0.74-0.87]), and was associated with type 1 MI in adjusted analyses. The hs-cTn I/T ratio provided no consistent prognostic value.

    Conclusions The hs-cTn I/T ratio appears to be useful for early diagnosis of type 1 MI and its discrimination from type 2 MI in chest pain patients presenting with elevated hs-cTn. Differences in hs-cTn I/T ratio values may reflect variations in hs-cTn release mechanisms in response to different types of myocardial injury.

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  • 26.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Hammarsten, Ola
    Department of Clinical Chemistry and Transfusion Medicine , Sahlgrenska University , Göteborg , Sweden.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Differences between high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T and I in stable populations: underlying causes and clinical implications2023In: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN 1434-6621, E-ISSN 1437-4331, Vol. 61, no 3, p. 380-387Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     Objectives

    Measurement of high-sensitivity (hs) cardiac troponin (cTn) T and I is widely studied for cardiac assessment of stable populations. Recent data suggest clinical and prognostic discrepancies between both hs-cTn. We aimed at reviewing published studies with respect to underlying causes and clinical implications.

    Content

    We summarized current evidence on release and clearance mechanisms of cTnT and I, and on preanalytical and assay-related issues potentially portending to differences in measured concentrations. We also performed a systematic review of outcome studies comparing both hs-cTn in the general population, patients with congestive heart failure, stable coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation.

    Summary and outlook

    For the interpretation of concentrations of hs-cTnT, stronger association with renal dysfunction compared to hs-cTnI should be considered. Hs-cTnT also appears to be a stronger indicator of general cardiovascular morbidity and all-cause mortality. Hs-cTnI concentrations tend to be more sensitive to coronary artery disease and ischemic outcomes. These findings apparently reflect variations in the mechanisms of cardiac affections resulting in cTn release. Whether these differences are of clinically relevance remains to be elucidated. However, having the option of choosing between either hs-cTn might represent an option for framing individualized cardiac assessment in the future.

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  • 27.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Hjort, Marcus
    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, Cardiology.
    Baron, Tomasz
    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.
    Jernberg, T.
    Karolinska Inst, Danderyd Hosp, Dept Clin Sci, Cardiol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nordenskjold, A. M.
    Orebro Univ, Dept Cardiol, Fac Hlth, Orebro, Sweden.
    Tornvall, P.
    Karolinska Inst, Sodersjukhuset, Dept Clin Sci & Educ, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Morbidity and cause-specific mortality in first-time myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries2019In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 285, no 4, p. 419-428Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    Myocardial infarction (MI) with nonobstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) is receiving increasing interest as a prognostically adverse entity distinct from myocardial infarction with significant coronary artery disease (MI-CAD). However, data are still limited regarding long-term cardiovascular morbidity and cause-specific mortality in MINOCA.

    Methods

    This is a registry-based cohort study using data from patients admitted to Swedish coronary care units. We investigated various nonfatal outcomes (recurrent MI, hospitalization for heart failure or stroke) and fatal outcomes (cardiovascular, respiratory or cancer-related mortality) in 4069 patients without apparent acute cardiovascular disease, used as non-MI controls, 7266 patients with first-time MINOCA and 69267 patients with first-time MI-CAD.

    Results

    Almost all event rates (median follow-up 3.8years) increased in a stepwise fashion across the three cohorts [rates of major adverse events (MAE; composite of all-cause mortality, recurrent MI, hospitalization for heart failure or stroke): n=268 (6.6%), n=1563 (21.5%), n=17777 (25.7%), respectively]. Compared to non-MI controls, MINOCA patients had an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) of 2.12 (95% confidence interval 1.84-2.43) regarding MAE. MINOCA patients had a substantial risk of cardiovascular mortality and the highest numerical risks of respiratory and cancer-related mortality. Male sex, previous heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease had a stronger prognostic impact in MINOCA than in MI-CAD. Female MINOCA patients with atrial fibrillation were at particular risk.

    Conclusions

    Patients with first-time MINOCA have a considerable risk of adverse events. This stresses the need for a comprehensive search of the cause of MINOCA, thorough treatment of underlying disease triggers and close follow-up.

  • 28.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Jaffe, Allan S.
    Lind, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Value of cardiac troponin I cutoff concentrations below the 99th percentile for clinical decision-making2009In: Clinical Chemistry, ISSN 0009-9147, E-ISSN 1530-8561, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 85-92Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate factors influencing the 99th percentile for cardiac troponin I (cTnI) when this cutoff value is established on a highly sensitive assay, and to compare the value of this cutoff to that of lower cutoffs in the prognostic assessment of patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS: We used the recently refined Access AccuTnI assay (Beckman-Coulter) to assess the distribution of cTnI results in a community population of elderly individuals [PIVUS (Prospective Study of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors) study; n = 1005]. The utility of predefined cTnI cutoffs for risk stratification was then evaluated in 952 patients from the FRISC II (FRagmin and Fast Revascularization during InStability in Coronary artery disease) study at 6 months after these patients had suffered acute coronary syndrome. RESULTS: Selection of assay results from a subcohort of PIVUS participants without cardiovascular disease resulted in a decrease of the 99th percentile from 0.044 microg/L to 0.028 microg/L. Men had higher rates of cTnI elevation with respect to the tested thresholds. Whereas the 99th percentile cutoff was not found to be a useful prognostic indicator for 5-year mortality, both the 90th percentile (hazard ratio 3.1; 95% CI 1.9-5.1) and the 75th percentile (hazard ratio 2.8; 95% CI 1.7-4.7) provided useful prognostic information. Sex-specific cutoffs did not improve risk prediction. CONCLUSIONS: The 99th percentile of cTnI depends highly on the characteristics of the reference population from which it is determined. This dependence on the reference population may affect the appropriateness of clinical conclusions based on this threshold. However, cTnI cutoffs below the 99th percentile seem to provide better prognostic discrimination in stabilized acute coronary syndrome patients and therefore may be preferable for risk stratification.

  • 29.
    Eggers, Kai M
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Jaffe, Allan S
    Svennblad, Bodil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    A novel approach to cardiac troponins to improve the diagnostic work-up in chest pain patients2012In: Critical Pathways in Cardiology, ISSN 1535-282X, E-ISSN 1535-2811, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 199-205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In patients with acute chest pain, current guidelines recommend serial measurements of cardiac troponins at predefined and partly late time points. Consequently, diagnostic assessment in these patients tends to be lengthy and often results in unnecessary admissions. We, therefore, evaluated whether an approach integrating troponin results into the clinical context provided by the individual patient's presentation might facilitate the early diagnostic work-up. In 197 chest pain patients, cardiac troponin I (cTnI; Stratus CS) was measured serially within 12 hours after hospital admission. In patient cohorts with different chances of having myocardial infarction (MI) according to clinical data, electrocardiographic findings, and admission biomarker results, pretest probabilities for MI were calculated and compared with posttest probabilities derived from subsequent cTnI results after admission. Elevated cTnI levels at 1 to 2 hours after admission revealed ≥95.0% posttest probabilities for MI in cohorts with intermediate or high chances of having MI. The posttest probabilities for the absence of MI were 94.7% to 98.2% in cohorts with low or intermediate chances of having MI when cTnI was negative at 2 hours. Troponin testing considering the individual patient's pretest probability of MI seems, in conclusion, to provide clinically useful information already 1 to 2 hours after admission. Such an approach has the potential to identify both patient cohorts in whom early discharge or admittance for further evaluation would be appropriate. This could facilitate the early diagnostic work-up of chest pain patients, thereby improving patient flow and reducing overcrowding in healthcare facilities.

  • 30.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Jaffe, Allan S.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Clinical implications of the change of cardiac troponin I levels in patients with acute chest pain - An evaluation with respect to the Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction2011In: Clinica Chimica Acta, ISSN 0009-8981, E-ISSN 1873-3492, Vol. 412, no 1-2, p. 91-97Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction incorporates elevated cardiac troponin levels (>99th percentile) together with a significant rise/fall of troponins as biochemical criterion. We sought to evaluate the clinical implications of the relative change of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) levels with respect to the Universal Definition in patients with acute chest pain. Methods: cTnI (Stratus CS) was measured serially in 454 patients within 24 h from admission. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was defined using the criteria adapted to the ESC/ACC consensus document, or corresponding to the Universal Definition together with prespecified cTnI changes of >= 20%, >= 50% and >= 100%. Follow-up was completed after 5.8 years. Results: A peak cTnI level above the 99th percentile together with a cTnI change of >= 20% was found in 160 patients of whom 25 did not have AMI according to the ESC/ACC criteria. These 160 patients had a significantly raised mortality (HR 2.5[95% CI 1.7-3.8]). Higher cTnI deltas were not associated with higher mortalities but identified smaller patient cohorts at risk. Conclusions: The Universal Definition of AMI together with a >= 20% cTnI change appears to improve the discrimination of acute from chronic causes of cTnI release, and allows a reliable identification of patients at risk.

  • 31.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    James, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Karolinska Inst, Danderyd Hosp, Dept Clin Sci, Cardiol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Timing of coronary angiography in patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome: long-term clinical outcomes from the nationwide SWEDEHEART registry2022In: EuroIntervention, ISSN 1774-024X, E-ISSN 1969-6213, Vol. 18, no 7, p. 582-589, article id 00982Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Current guidelines stress the importance of early invasive assessment of patients with non -ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS), in particular those at high risk. However, supporting scientific evidence is limited. Aims: We aimed to investigate the prognostic impact of the timing of coronary angiography in a large cohort of NSTE-ACS patients. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis including 34,666 NSTE-ACS patients registered from 2013 to 2018 in the SWEDEHEART registry. The prognostic implications of the timing of coronary angi-ography on a continuous scale and within <24 vs 24-72 hours were assessed using Cox regression analyses. Results: The median time interval from admission to invasive assessment was 32.8 (25th, 75th percentiles 20.4-63.8) hours. There was no apparent time window within 96 hours from admission that provided prog-nostic benefit. Coronary angiography within 24-72 hours (vs <24 hours) was not associated with worse out-come overall (all-cause mortality: hazard ratio 1.01, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.92-1.11; major adverse events: hazard ratio 1.04, 95% CI: 0.98-1.12). Interaction analyses indicated a greater relative benefit of coronary angiography <24 hours in some lower-risk groups (women, non-diabetics, patients with minor tro-ponin elevation) but neutral effects in higher-risk groups (defined by age or the GRACE 2.0 score). Conclusions: These Swedish data do not provide support for an early invasive strategy in NSTE-ACS, especially in high-risk patients. Our results suggest that the timing of invasive assessment should rather be based on individualised decisions integrating symptoms and risk panorama than on strictly defined time intervals.

  • 32.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    James, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR).
    Myocardial infarction after elective percutaneous coronary intervention-which cardiac troponin cut-off to use?2021In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 43, no 10, article id ehab805Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 33.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    James, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    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, Cardiology.
    Prognostic implications of changes in cardiac troponin I levels in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome2013In: Biomarkers, ISSN 1354-750X, E-ISSN 1366-5804, Vol. 18, no 8, p. 668-672Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: Information is limited on the prognostic implications of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) changes during the first days of non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). Methods: High-sensitivity cTnI levels were measured at study inclusion and after 48 h in 1615 conservatively managed NSTE-ACS patients from the Global Use of Strategies To Open Occluded Coronary Arteries (GUSTO) IV trial. Results: Patients with moderately increased cTnI levels and without a relevant decrease over time had a significantly raised mortality at 30 days and 1 year. No relevant associations between cTnI changes and recurrent myocardial infarction were seen. Conclusion: The cTnI change is predictive for subsequent mortality in selected conservatively managed NSTE-ACS patients.

  • 34.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    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.
    Jernberg, T.
    Danderyd Hosp, Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, left ventricular function, and outcome in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome2018In: American Heart Journal, ISSN 0002-8703, E-ISSN 1097-6744, Vol. 197, p. 70-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Cardiac troponin (cTn) levels reflect infarct size and depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). However, there is very limited information on whether cTn measured with a high-sensitivity (hs) assay would provide incremental prognostic information to the LVEF in NSTE-ACS patients. Methods This was a registry-based study (SWEDEHEART registry) investigating 20,652 NSTE-ACS patients with available information on hs-cTnT (highest level recorded during the hospitalization) and the LVEF estimated using echocardiography. All patients had been followed for 1 year. Results Hs-cTnT levels independently predicted major cardiovascular events (MACE) in cohorts with normal, slightly depressed, moderately depressed, and severely depressed LVEF. The adjusted hazard ratios in these cohorts were 1.18 (95% CI 1.13-1.23), 1.12 (95% CI 1.06-1.18), 1.12 (95% CI 1.06-1.19), and 1.21 (95% CI 1.13-1.30), respectively. Hs-cTnT levels were particularly predictive for cardiovascular mortality and readmission for heart failure. Excluding patients with previous cardiac disease did not affect the overall interrelations of hs-cTnT and LVEF with MACE. Conclusions Hs-cTnT levels provide incremental prognostic value independent of the LVEF in patients with NSTE-ACS. Hs-cTnT is particularly predictive for MACE in patients with severely depressed LVEF but also in those with a normal LVEF. Accordingly, a normal LVEF should not be used as an argument not to target patients to thorough workup.

  • 35.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Jernberg, T
    Danderyd Hosp, Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci, Cardiol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, research centers etc., Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR). Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Risk-associated management disparities in acute myocardial infarction.2021In: Scientific Reports, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 11, article id 24488Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite improvements in the treatment of myocardial infarction (MI), risk-associated management disparities may exist. We investigated this issue including temporal trends in a large MI cohort (n = 179,291) registered 2005-2017 in SWEDEHEART. Multivariable models were used to study the associations between risk categories according to the GRACE 2.0 score and coronary procedures (timely reperfusion, invasive assessment ≤ 3 days, in-hospital coronary revascularization), pharmacological treatments (P2Y12-blockers, betablockers, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system [RAAS]-inhibitors, statins), structured follow-up and secondary prevention (smoking cessation, physical exercise training). High-risk patients (n = 76,295 [42.6%]) experienced less frequent medical interventions compared to low/intermediate-risk patients apart from betablocker treatment. Overall, intervention rates increased over time with more pronounced increases seen in high-risk patients compared to lower-risk patients for in-hospital coronary revascularization (+ 23.6% vs. + 12.5% in patients < 80 years) and medication with P2Y12-blockers (+ 22.2% vs. + 7.8%). However, less pronounced temporal increases were noted in high-risk patients for medication with RAAS-blockers (+ 8.5% vs. + 13.0%) and structured follow-up (+ 31.6% vs. + 36.3%); pinteraction < 0.001 for all. In conclusion, management of high-risk patients with MI is improving. However, the lower rates of follow-up and of RAAS-inhibitor prescription are a concern. Our data emphasize the need of continuous quality improvement initiatives.

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  • 36.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    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.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Karolinska Inst, Danderyd Hosp, Dept Clin Sci, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    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.
    Cardiac Troponin Elevation in Patients Without a Specific Diagnosis2019In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 73, no 1, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin (cTn) elevation is a common finding in acutely admitted patients, even in the absence of acute coronary syndrome. In some of these patients, no etiology of cTn elevation can be identified. The term troponinemia is sometimes used to describe this scenario.

    OBJECTIVES This study aimed to investigate the associations of cTn levels with clinical findings and long-term outcome in acutely admitted patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome who had been discharged without a specified diagnosis.

    METHODS Retrospective registry-based cohort study investigating 48,872 patients (SWEDEHEART [Swedish Web-system for Enhancement and Development of Evidence-based care in Heart disease Evaluated According to Recommended Therapies] registry). Patients were stratified into cohorts with cTn levels less than or equal to the assay-specific 99th percentile and separated by assay-specific cTn tertiles in case of higher levels.

    RESULTS A cTn level >99th percentile was noted in 9,800 (20.1%) patients. The prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors as well as cardiovascular and noncardiovascular comorbidities increased across higher cTn strata. In total, 7,529 (15.4%) patients had a major adverse event (MAE), defined as the composite of all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction, readmission for heart failure, or stroke (median follow-up 4.9 years). MAE risk was associated with higher cTn strata (hazard ratio for highest assay-specific cTn tertile: 2.59; 95% confidence interval: 2.39 to 2.80; hazard ratio in patients without cardiovascular comorbidities, renal dysfunction, left ventricular dysfunction, or significant coronary stenosis: 3.57; 95% confidence interval: 2.30 to 5.54).

    CONCLUSIONS cTn elevation is associated with cardiovascular and noncardiovascular comorbidities and predicts major adverse events in acutely admitted patients, in whom no definite diagnosis could have been established. The term troponinemia is trivializing and should be avoided. Instead, careful work-up is required in these patients.

  • 37.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Reply:: The Validity of "Without a Specific Diagnosis" in Patients With Chest Pain and Troponin Elevation2019In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 73, no 17, p. 2240-2241Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Karolinska Inst, Danderyd Hosp, Dept Clin Sci, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Unstable Angina in the Era of Cardiac Troponin Assays with Improved Sensitivity-A Clinical Dilemma2017In: American Journal of Medicine, ISSN 0002-9343, E-ISSN 1555-7162, Vol. 130, no 12, p. 1423-1430Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: There is an expectation that with the adoption of more sensitive cardiac troponin (cTn) assays, unstable angina would become a rarity. However, recent data from the SWEDEHEART registry demonstrated that 15% of patients admitted with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome still were regarded as having unstable angina. We aimed to further investigate the clinical characteristics and outcome of these patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective, registry-based analysis (SWEDEHEART) including 3204 unstable patients, 18,194 non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients, and 977 controls without acute cardiovascular disease. All patients had available data on peak cTnT levels (more sensitive assay) and 1-year outcome. RESULTS: The annual proportions of patients with unstable angina (2009-2013) among those with non-STelevation acute coronary syndrome ranged from 9.4% to 15.3%. Only 1239 unstable angina patients (39.7%) had a peak cTnT level = 14 ng/L. Patients with unstable angina tended to be younger than those with NSTEMI but had higher prevalence of most cardiovascular risk factors and more advanced coronary artery disease. Compared with controls, the adjusted hazard ratios (95% confidence interval) regarding major cardiovascular events were 2.97 (1.30-6.78) and 5.44 (2.54-11.65) in unstable angina patients with peak cTnT = 14 ng/L and > 14 ng/L, respectively. CONCLUSION: The diagnosis of unstable angina is still commonly used, even in the era of more sensitive cTn assays. Minor cTnT elevation is common, which makes unstable angina difficult to distinguish from NSTEMI. Patients with unstable angina have a nonneglectable cardiovascular risk. We suggest that the clinical management of patients presenting with unstable symptoms should depend on their estimated cardiovascular risk rather than on strictly applied diagnostic criteria. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • 39.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Lindhagen, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T Levels Identify Patients With Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome Who Benefit From Invasive Assessment2018In: JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, ISSN 1936-8798, E-ISSN 1876-7605, Vol. 11, no 16, p. 1665-1667Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Jernberg, Tomas
    Ljung, Lina
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin-Based Strategies for the Assessment of Chest Pain Patients: A Review of Validation and Clinical Implementation Studies2018In: Clinical Chemistry, ISSN 0009-9147, E-ISSN 1530-8561, Vol. 64, no 11, p. 1572-1585Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The introduction of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) assays has improved the early assessment of chest pain patients. A number of hs-cTn-based algorithms and accelerated diagnostic protocols (ADPs) have been developed and tested subsequently. In this review, we summarize the data on the performance and clinical utility of these strategies. CONTENT: We reviewed studies investigating the diagnostic and prognostic performance of hs-cTn algorithms [level of detection (LoD) strategy, 0/1-h, 0/2-h, and 0/3-h algorithms) and of hs-cTn-based ADPs, together with the implications of these strategies when implemented as clinical routine. The LoD strategy, when combined with a nonischemic electrocardiogram, is best suited for safe rule-out of myocardial infarction and the identification of patients eligible for early discharge from the emergency department. The 0/1-h algorithms appear to identify most patients as being eligible for rule-out. The hs-cTn-based ADPs mainly focus on prognostic assessment, which is in contrast with the hs-cTn algorithms. They identify smaller proportions of rule-out patients, but there is increasing evidence from prospective studies on their successful clinical implementation. Such information is currently lacking for hs-cTn algorithms. CONCLUSIONS: There is a trade-off between safety and efficacy for different hs-cTn-based strategies. This trade-off should be considered for the intended strategy, along with its user-friendliness and evidence from clinical implementation studies. However, several gaps in knowledge remain. At present, we suggest the use of an ADP in conjunction with serial hs-cTn results to optimize the early assessment of chest pain patients. (C) 2018 American Association for Clinical Chemistry

  • 41.
    Eggers, Kai M
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Johnston, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    James, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemial structure and function.
    Cardiac troponin I levels in patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome: the importance of gender2014In: American Heart Journal, ISSN 0002-8703, E-ISSN 1097-6744, Vol. 168, no 3, p. 317-324.e1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Measurement of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin levels is increasingly used in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). However, studies investigating the distribution and prognostic implications of high-sensitivity troponin levels in men and women separately are currently lacking.

    METHODS: Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) levels were determined using a high-sensitivity assay (Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL) in 1,677 male and 1,073 female NSTE-ACS patients participating in the GUSTO IV study. The prognostic associations of cTnI to outcome (30-day composite end point of recurrent myocardial infarction and 1-year mortality) were assessed in multivariable models, using cTnI both as a continuous variable and dichotomized at different sets of single and gender-specific 99th percentiles.

    RESULTS: Median cTnI levels were 947 and 175 ng/L in men and women, respectively (P < .001). The adjusted odds ratios for cTnI (ln) were similar in men and women. The adjusted odds ratios for cTnI above the tested 99th percentiles levels in contrast were twice as high in women compared with men. This was a consequence of differences in the cTnI distribution and risk gradients across cTnI levels, in particular due to lower event rates in women without cTnI elevation. Gender-specific cutoffs did not improve risk prediction.

    CONCLUSIONS: Despite overall lower levels, cTnI above the tested 99th percentiles exhibited stronger prognostic information in women with NSTE-ACS compared with men. This likely reflects differences in the pathophysiology and the clinical presentation in NSTE-ACS. Our data, thus, emphasize that women with symptoms of unstable coronary artery disease encompass a broader risk panorama than men.

  • 42.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Johnston, Nina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lind, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiovascular epidemiology.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemial structure and function.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Cardiac troponin I levels in an elderly population from the community - The implications of sex2015In: Clinical Biochemistry, ISSN 0009-9120, E-ISSN 1873-2933, Vol. 48, no 12, p. 751-756Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The importance of sex on cardiac troponin levels is increasingly recognized. We investigated whether the entities associated with troponin leakage and the prognostic consequences thereof would differ between elderly men and women from the community. Design and methods: Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) levels were measured using a high-sensitivity assay (Abbott Laboratories) in 70-year old men (n = 502) and women (n = 502) from the PIVUS study. All study participants were followed up for 10 years regarding all-cause mortality and incident cardiovascular (CV) disease. Results: Median cTnI levels were 4.1 and 3.0 ng/L in men and women, respectively (p < 0.001). By multiple linear regression, the relative contribution of lower left-ventricular ejection fraction and ischemic ECG changes to cTnI levels was greater in men compared to women. For other clinical and echocardiographic variables, similar associations were found. cTnI independently predicted all-cause mortality in men (n = 93 [18.5%]; hazard ratio [HR] 1.38 [1.12-1.70]) and women (n = 62 [12.4%]; HR 1.59 [1.11-2.28]) but not incident CV disease in subjects being CV healthy at baseline (n = 163/857). The interaction terms of sex on the associations of cTnI with both outcomes were non-significant. Sex-specific cut-offs did not improve prognostication. Variations in the pattern of entities associated with cTnI leakage had no impact on event rates. Conclusions: We found some differences in the entities associated with higher cTnI levels in elderly community-dwelling men and women. However, this did not translate into differences in the associations of cTnI with adverse outcome.

  • 43.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Kempf, Tibor
    Allhoff, Tim
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Wollert, Kai C.
    Growth-differentiation factor-15 for early risk stratification in patients with acute chest pain2008In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 29, no 19, p. 2327-2335Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIMS: Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has emerged as a biomarker of increased mortality and recurrent myocardial infarction (MI) in patients diagnosed with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome. We explored the usefulness of GDF-15 for early risk stratification in 479 unselected patients with acute chest pain. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-nine per cent of the patients presented with GDF-15 levels above the previously defined upper reference limit (1200 ng/L). The risks of the composite endpoint of death or (recurrent) MI after 6 months were 1.3, 5.1, and 12.6% in patients with normal (<1200 ng/L), moderately elevated (1200-1800 ng/L), or markedly elevated (>1800 ng/L) levels of GDF-15 on admission, respectively (P < 0.001). By multivariable analysis that included clinical characteristics, ECG findings, peak cardiac troponin I levels within 2 h (cTnI(0-2 h)), N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide, C-reactive protein, and cystatin C, GDF-15 remained an independent predictor of the composite endpoint. The ability of the ECG combined with peak cTnI(0-2 h) to predict the composite endpoint was markedly improved by addition of GDF-15 (c-statistic, 0.74 vs. 0.83; P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: GDF-15 improves risk stratification in unselected patients with acute chest pain and provides prognostic information beyond clinical characteristics, the ECG, and cTnI.

  • 44.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Kempf, Tibor
    Lagerqvist, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Olofsson, Sylvia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Jantzen, Franziska
    Peter, Timo
    Allhoff, Tim
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Wollert, Kai C.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Growth-differentiation factor-15 for long-term risk prediction in patients stabilized after an episode of non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome2010In: Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, ISSN 1942-3268, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 88-96Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has emerged as a prognostic biomarker in patients with non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome. This study assessed the time course and the long-term prognostic relevance of GDF-15 levels measured repetitively in patients with non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome during 6 months after the acute event. METHODS AND RESULTS: GDF-15 and other biomarkers were measured at randomization, after 6 weeks, and after 3 and 6 months in 950 patients with non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome included in the FRagmin and Fast Revascularization during InStability in Coronary artery disease II study. Study end points were death, recurrent myocardial infarction, and their composite during 5-year follow-up. Median GDF-15 levels decreased slightly from 1357 ng/L at randomization to 1302 ng/L at 6 months (P<0.001). GDF-15 was consistently related to cardiovascular risk factors and biochemical markers of hemodynamic stress, renal dysfunction, and inflammation. Moreover, GDF-15 was independently related to the 5-year risk of the composite end point when measured at both 3 months (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.8 [1.0 to 3.0]) and 6 months (adjusted hazard ratio, 2.3 [1.3 to 4.1]). Serial measurements of GDF-15 at randomization and 6 months helped to identify patient cohorts at different levels of risk, with patients with persistently elevated GDF-15 levels >1800 ng/L having the highest rate of the composite end point. CONCLUSIONS: GDF-15 is independently related to adverse events in non-ST-segment-elevation acute coronary syndrome both in the acute setting and for at least 6 months after clinical stabilization. Therefore, continued research on GDF-15 should be focused on the usefulness of GDF-15 for support of clinical management in acute and chronic ischemic heart disease.

  • 45.
    Eggers, Kai M
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Kempf, Tibor
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Larsson, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemial structure and function.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemial structure and function.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiology.
    Wollert, Kai C.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lind, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Cardiovascular epidemiology.
    Evaluation of Temporal Changes in Cardiovascular Biomarker Concentrations Improves Risk Prediction in an Elderly Population from the Community2016In: Clinical Chemistry, ISSN 0009-9147, E-ISSN 1530-8561, Vol. 62, no 3, p. 485-493Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in measurements of cardiovascular (CV) biomarker concentrations for risk prediction in the general population. We investigated the prognostic utility of a panel of novel CV biomarkers and their changes over time.

    METHODS: We measured concentrations of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), midregional proadrenomedullin, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I, growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), soluble ST2 (sST2), and galectin-3 at baseline and 5 years later in 1016 elderly individuals participating in the Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study. Assessed outcomes included all-cause mortality and fatal and nonfatal CV events (in participants without CV disease at baseline) during 10 years of follow-up.

    RESULTS: GDF-15 exhibited the strongest association with all-cause mortality (n = 158) with a hazard ratio (HR) per 1-SD increase in standardized ln GDF-15 of 1.68 (95% CI, 1.44-1.96). NT-proBNP was the only biomarker to predict CV events (n = 163; HR 1.54 [95% CI, 1.30-1.84]). GDF-15 and NT-proBNP also improved metrics of discrimination and reclassification of the respective outcomes. Changes in GDF-15 concentrations between 70 and 75 years predicted all-cause mortality whereas changes in NT-proBNP predicted both outcomes. The other biomarkers and their temporal changes provided only moderate prognostic value apart from sST2 which had a neutral relationship with adverse events.

    CONCLUSIONS: Evaluation of temporal changes in GDF-15 and NT-proBNP concentrations improves risk prediction in an elderly population. These findings are of considerable interest given the emphasis on biomarkers as tools to identify and monitor at-risk individuals with preclinical and potentially modifiable stages of CV disease.

  • 46.
    Eggers, Kai M
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Kempf, Tibor
    Lind, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Sundström, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Wollert, Kai C
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Relations of growth-differentiation factor-15 to biomarkers reflecting vascular pathologies in a population-based sample of elderly subjects2012In: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, ISSN 0036-5513, E-ISSN 1502-7686, Vol. 72, no 1, p. 45-51Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background.

    Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has recently emerged as a risk predictor in patients with cardiac diseases. GDF-15 is commonly related to cardiovascular risk factors, inflammatory activity and cardiac abnormalities. However, it is not clear whether it might be an indicator of vascular pathologies as well.

    Methods.

    Circulating levels of GDF-15 were measured in 1004 elderly community dwellers participating in the PIVUS study. The relations of GDF-15 to biomarkers of endothelial activation (E-selectin, P-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1), extracellular matrix degradation (MMP-9, TIMP-1), coagulatory activity (D-dimer, von Willebrand factor, prothrombin fragment 1 + 2, factor VIIa), and fibrinolytic activity (PAI-1 activity, tPA-antigen) were assessed by multiple linear regressions.

    Results.

    The median GDF-15 level was 1135 ng/L. By linear correlation analysis, GDF-15 exhibited a moderate relation to von Willebrand factor (r = 0.30), and weak, albeit significant relations (r = 0.13-0.29) to E-selectin, P-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, MMP-9, TIMP-1, D-dimer, PAI-1 activity and tPA-antigen. The relations to the assessed biomarkers of endothelial activation, TIMP-1, D-dimer and von Willebrand factor remained significant applying multiple linear regression models adjusted for clinical covariates and echocardiographic data. There were no significant relations between GDF-15 and biomarkers solely reflecting coagulatory activity.

    Conclusions.

    In the elderly, GDF-15 reflects endothelial activation and vascular inflammation and thus, multiple pathways involved in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

  • 47.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Kempf, Tibor
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Wollert, Kai C.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Improving long-term risk prediction in patients with acute chest pain: The Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) risk score is enhanced by selected nonnecrosis biomarkers2010In: American Heart Journal, ISSN 0002-8703, E-ISSN 1097-6744, Vol. 160, no 1, p. 88-94Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background The Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) risk score is widely recommended for risk assessment in patients with acute coronary syndrome. However, there is limited knowledge regarding the utility of this score for long-term risk prediction in unselected patients with acute chest pain and whether it might be improved by the integration of nonnecrosis biomarkers. Methods We calculated the GRACE risk score in 453 chest pain patients and assessed its value for risk assessment together with the additive prognostic information obtained from N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide, C-reactive protein, growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), and cystatin C. Results After a median follow-up of 5.8 years, 92 patients (20.7%) had died. The GRACE risk score was significantly higher in patients who died (median 146 vs 93, P < .001) and provided a c-statistic regarding mortality of 0.78. A significant increase of the c-statistic was achieved only after addition of GDF-15 (c-statistic 0.81, P = .003) and, to a minor extent, after addition of cystatin C (c-statistic 0.81, P = .035). Assessment of the integrated discriminative improvement yielded similar results. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide had only limited incremental prognostic value, and C-reactive protein was not predictive for outcome. Conclusion The GRACE risk score allows for the prediction of mortality in chest pain patients even after almost 6 years of follow-up. However, its predictive value could be further enhanced by the addition of selected nonnecrosis biomarkers, in particular GDF-15 or cystatin C. (Am Heart J 2010; 160: 88-94.)

  • 48.
    Eggers, Kai M
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Kempf, Tibor
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Wollert, Kai C
    Lind, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Change in Growth Differentiation Factor 15 Concentrations Over Time Independently Predicts Mortality in Community-Dwelling Elderly Individuals2013In: Clinical Chemistry, ISSN 0009-9147, E-ISSN 1530-8561, Vol. 59, no 7, p. 1091-1098Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND:

    Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) is emerging as a powerful risk indicator in both cardiovascular disease patients and community-dwelling individuals. We investigated GDF-15 concentrations and their changes over 5 years in elderly individuals from the community, together with the underlying conditions and prognostic implications of these measurements.

    METHODS:

    We analyzed GDF-15 concentrations using a sandwich immunoassay in participants from the PIVUS (Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors) study. Measurements were performed at both 70 (n = 1004) and 75 (n = 813) years of age. Median follow-up was 8.0 years.

    RESULTS:

    Over time, GDF-15 concentrations increased by 11.0% (P < 0.001). These changes were related to male sex, hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, renal function, and concentrations of N-terminal pro–B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). Significant relationships also emerged between changes in GDF-15 and NT-proBNP, C-reactive protein, and renal function between ages 70 and 75. The R2 value of this model was 0.20. GDF-15 concentrations independently predicted all-cause mortality [hazard ratio 4.0 (95% CI 2.7–6.0)] with results obtained at ages 70 and 75 as updated covariates. Baseline GDF-15 concentrations improved prognostic discrimination and reclassification [c-statistic 0.06 (P = 0.006); integrated discrimination improvement = 0.030 (P = 0.004); category-free net reclassification improvement = 0.281 (P = 0.006)]. Change in GDF-15 concentrations over time independently predicted even all-cause mortality occurring after age 75 [hazard ratio 3.6 (95% CI 2.2–6.0)].

    CONCLUSIONS:

    GDF-15 concentrations and their changes over time are powerful predictors of mortality in elderly community-dwelling individuals. GDF-15 concentrations increase with aging, and these changes are explained only partially by cardiovascular risk factors, indicators of neurohumoral activation and inflammation, and renal function. Thus GDF-15 reflects both cardiovascular and other biological processes closely related to longevity.

  • 49.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lagerqvist, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Oldgren, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Venge, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Chemistry.
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Pathophysiologic mechanisms of persistent cardiac troponin I elevation in stabilized patients after an episode of acute coronary syndrome2008In: American Heart Journal, ISSN 0002-8703, E-ISSN 1097-6744, Vol. 156, no 3, p. 588-594Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Recently, a high prevalence of small persistent cardiac troponin I (cTnI) elevations has been reported in patients who had been stabilized after a recent episode of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We now have studied the associations of persistently elevated cTnI levels to cardiac performance, inflammation, coagulation, coronary status, and treatment strategy in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cardiac troponin I was determined at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after randomization in 898 stabilized ACS patients from the FRagmin and Fast Revascularization during InStability in Coronary artery disease (FRISC) II trial and using the high-sensitive Access AccuTnI assay (Beckman Coulter, Fullerton, CA). All patients were followed up for at least 5 years. Persistent cTnI elevation >0.01 microg/L at the 3 measurement instances was detected in 233 patients (26%). N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) at 6 months (OR 2.5, 95% CI 2.0-3.1), male sex (OR 2.2, 95% CI 1.4-3.7), and randomization to an early invasive strategy (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.2-2.7) independently predicted persistently elevated cTnI levels. Persistently cTnI-positive patients in the invasive cohort had significantly lower NT-proBNP levels compared to noninvasively treated patients, indicating that the mechanisms causing cTnI elevation in this group may be prognostically less harmful. No independent associations were found for markers of inflammation or coagulation. CONCLUSION: Persistent cTnI elevation occurs frequently late after an ACS. The NT-proBNP level at 6 months was the strongest predictor for elevated cTnI levels that thus appear to be predominantly related to impaired left ventricular function.

  • 50.
    Eggers, Kai M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lagerqvist, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Venge, Per
    Wallentin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Prognostic value of biomarkers during and after non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome2009In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 357-364Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess risk prediction by different biomarkers in patients with an ongoing non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) and after clinical stabilization. BACKGROUND: Different biomarkers reflect different aspects of the pathobiology in NSTE-ACS. However, there is little information regarding their relative prognostic value during the time course of disease. METHODS: The N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), C-reactive protein (CRP), cardiac troponin I (cTnI), and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were measured at randomization and after 6 weeks and 6 months in 877 NSTE-ACS patients included in the FRISC (FRagmin and fast revascularization during InStability in Coronary artery disease) II trial. The biomarkers' prognostic value during 5-year follow-up was evaluated by Cox regression models, calculation of the c-statistics, and estimation of the net reclassification improvement (NRI). RESULTS: Among the biomarkers measured at randomization, NT-proBNP was the strongest predictor for mortality (adjusted hazard ratio [HR]: 1.7; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.3 to 2.1; p < 0.001). Even during follow-up, NT-proBNP demonstrated the strongest association to the composite end point of death/myocardial infarction (adjusted HR at 6 weeks: 1.5; 95% CI: 1.3 to 1.7; p < 0.001; adjusted HR at 6 months: 1.4; 95% CI: 1.2 to 1.7; p = 0.001). Even CRP was independently predictive at 6 months for the composite end point (adjusted HR: 1.3; 95% CI: 1.1 to 1.5; p = 0.003). Only 6-week results of NT-proBNP provided significant incremental prognostic value to established risk indicators regarding the composite end point (c-statistics 0.69 [p = 0.03]; NRI 0.11 [p = 0.03]). CONCLUSIONS: The NT-proBNP is an independent risk predictor in patients with ongoing NSTE-ACS and after clinical stabilization. The CRP exhibits increasing predictive value at later measurements. However, only NT-proBNP provided incremental prognostic value and might therefore be considered as a complement for early follow-up controls after NSTE-ACS.

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