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Plasma chemerin is a strong and independent predictor of cardiovascular event risk

Session Novel biomarkers in predicting cardiovascular diseases

Speaker Christoph Saely

Event : ESC Congress 2014

  • Topic : coronary artery disease, acute coronary syndromes, acute cardiac care
  • Sub-topic : Acute Coronary Syndromes: Biomarkers
  • Session type : Rapid Fire Abstracts

Authors : A Leiherer (Feldkirch,AT), A Muendlein (Feldkirch,AT), P Rein (Fedlkirch,AT), K Geiger (Feldkirch,AT), P Fraunberger (Feldkirch,AT), H Drexel (Philadelphia,US), A Vonbank (Fedlkirch,AT), CH Saely (Triesen,LI)

A. Leiherer1 , A. Muendlein1 , P. Rein2 , K. Geiger1 , P. Fraunberger3 , H. Drexel4 , A. Vonbank2 , C.H. Saely5 , 1VIVIT Institute - Feldkirch - Austria , 2Academic Teaching Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine - Fedlkirch - Austria , 3Academic Teaching Hospital, Medical Central Laboratory - Feldkirch - Austria , 4Drexel University College of Medicine - Philadelphia - United States of America , 5Private University of the Principality of Liechtenstein - Triesen - Liechtenstein ,

European Heart Journal ( 2014 ) 35 ( Abstract Supplement ), 205-206

Purpose: Associations of the adipokine chemerin with the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and with chronic kidney disease (CKD), two important indicators of increased cardiovascular event risk, have been described. However, the power of chemerin to predict cardiovascular events has not been investigated so far and is addressed in the present study.

Methods: We measured plasma chemerin in a high-risk cohort of 495 patients undergoing coronary angiography for the evaluation of suspected or established coronary artery disease (CAD) in which cardiovascular events were prospectively recorded over 3.5±1.1 years. Significant baseline CAD was diagnosed in the presence of coronary artery stenoses ≥50%.

Results: At baseline, plasma chemerin was significantly higher in patients with the MetS as defined by the current harmonized consensus definition (n=147) than in non-MetS subjects (201±71 ng/ml vs. 163±62 ng/ml p<0.001) and was inversely correlated with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; r=-0.33, p<0.001). During follow-up, chemerin significantly predicted cardiovascular events (n=82) univariately, after adjustment for age, gender, BMI, and eGFR, and also after additional adjustment for the presence of significant baseline CAD, with standardized hazard ratios of 1.83 [1.19-2.83], p=0.006; 1.77 [1.12-2.80], p=0.015; and 1.69 [1.07-2.67], p=0.024, respectively.

Conclusions: From this first prospective evaluation of the cardiovascular event risk associated with chemerin we conclude that chemerin is strongly predictive of cardiovascular events independently from standard risk factors, from the MetS, and from the baseline presence of CAD.

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