Usefulness of combined high-sensitive C-reactive protein and N-terminal-probrain natriuretic peptide for predicting cardiovascular events in patients with suspected coronary artery disease

Po Hsun Huang, Tse Min Lu, Tao Cheng Wu, Feng Yen Lin, Yung Hsiang Chen, Jaw Wen Chen, Shing Jong Lin

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OBJECTIVE: We examined whether the combined use of high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and N-terminal-probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) could increase the predictive value for future cardiovascular events. BACKGROUND: hsCRP and NT-proBNP both have been shown to be strong predictors of cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease. Few data are, however, available to assess whether combined use of these two distinct biomarkers improves the risk stratification in predicting cardiovascular events. METHODS: A total of 205 participants with suspected coronary artery disease referred for coronary angiography were enrolled in the study. Plasma levels of hsCRP and NT-proBNP were measured before coronary angiography. Cox regression analyses were conducted for the 205 participants, with cardiovascular events being defined as nonfatal myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass grafting, and ischemic stroke. RESULTS: All patients were divided into four groups by using median values of hsCRP (1.1 mg/l) and NT-proBNP (472.6 fmol/ml): group 1, low hsCRP/low NT-proBNP (n=60); group 2, high hsCRP/low NT-proBNP (n=42); group 3, low hsCRP/high NT-proBNP (n=42); and group 4, high hsCRP/high NT-proBNP (n=61). During a median follow-up of 4 years, there were 84 cardiovascular events (41%): 11 events (18%) in group 1, 13 events (31%) in group 2, 20 events (48%) in group 3, and 40 events (66%) in group 4 (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalCoronary Artery Disease
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Coronary artery disease
  • High-sensitive C-reactive protein
  • N-terminal-probrain natriuretic peptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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