Inflammatory Markers, Amino-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide, and Mortality Risk in Dyspneic Patients

Cardiology Division and Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Impact Factor: 2.51). 08/2008; 130(2):305-11. DOI: 10.1309/L7BP57F7UF7YNYKX
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Dyspnea is a common emergency department (ED) complaint, and it may be associated with significant mortality risk. We studied 599 dyspneic subjects enrolled in an ED. At 1 year, the role of inflammatory markers (including C-reactive protein [CRP]) and amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) as independent predictors of mortality was assessed. By 1 year, 91 subjects (15.2%) had died. Among patients who died, the median CRP concentration at admission was significantly higher than in survivors: 47.2 mg/L (449.5 nmol/L; interquartile range [IQR], 10.2-101.9 mg/L [97.1-970.5 nmol/L]) vs 7.25 mg/L (69.5 nmol/L; IQR, 2.2-29.6 mg/L [21.0-281.9 nmol/L]; P < .001). For 1-year mortality, CRP had an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.76 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.69-0.80; P < .001). In multivariable analysis, a CRP concentration greater than 14 mg/L was a strong predictor of mortality at 1 year (hazard ratio, 2.47; 95% CI, 1.51-4.02; P < .001). In multivariable models, CRP and NT-proBNP demonstrated independent and additive prognostic value. Among dyspneic patients, CRP levels are significantly associated with mortality at 1 year and show additive value to natriuretic peptide testing for prognosis.

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