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      Soluble Urokinase‐Type Plasminogen Activator Receptor and High‐Sensitivity Troponin Levels Predict Outcomes in Nonobstructive Coronary Artery Disease

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          Multiple biomarkers have been independently and additively associated with major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease. We investigated the prognostic value of suPAR (soluble urokinase‐type plasminogen activator receptor) and hsTnI (high‐sensitivity troponin I) levels in symptomatic patients with no obstructive coronary artery disease. We hypothesized that high levels of these biomarkers will be associated with the risk of future adverse outcomes.

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          Plasma levels of suPAR and hsTnI were measured in 556 symptomatic patients with no obstructive coronary artery disease. A biomarker risk score was calculated by counting the number of biomarkers above the median in this cohort (suPAR>2523 pg/mL and hsTnI>2.7 pg/mL). Survival analyses were performed with models adjusted for traditional risk factors. All‐cause death and major adverse cardiovascular events (cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and heart failure) served as clinical outcomes over a median follow‐up of 6.2 years. Mean age was 57±10 years, 49% of the cohort patients were female, and 68% had a positive stress test. High suPAR and hsTnI levels were independent predictors of all‐cause death (hazard ratio=3.2 [95% CI, 1.8–5.7] and 1.3 [95% CI, 1.0–1.7], respectively; both P<0.04) and major adverse cardiovascular events (hazard ratio=2.7 [95% CI, 1.4–5.4] and 1.5 [95% CI, 1.2–2.0], respectively; both P<0.002). Compared with a biomarker risk score of 0, biomarker risk scores of 1 and 2 were associated with 19‐ and 14‐fold increased risk of death and development of major adverse cardiovascular events, respectively.


          Among symptomatic patients with no obstructive coronary artery disease, higher levels of suPAR and hsTnI were independently and additively associated with an increased risk of adverse events. Whether modification of these biomarkers will improve risk in these patients needs further investigation.

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                Author and article information

                J Am Heart Assoc
                J Am Heart Assoc
                Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                17 April 2020
                21 April 2020
                : 9
                : 8 ( doiID: 10.1002/jah3.v9.8 )
                [ 1 ] Division of Cardiology Department of Medicine Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta GA
                [ 2 ] Departments of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta GA
                [ 3 ] Department of Epidemiology and Rollins School of Public Health Emory University Atlanta GA
                [ 4 ] Diagnostics Division Abbott Laboratories North Chicago IL
                Author notes
                [* ]Correspondence to: Arshed A. Quyyumi, MD, FACC Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 1462 Clifton Rd NE, Suite 507, Atlanta, GA 30322. E‐mail: aquyyum@
                © 2020 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

                Page count
                Figures: 5, Tables: 3, Pages: 11, Words: 7260
                Funded by: American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Grant
                Award ID: 18POST34080330
                Funded by: Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation
                Funded by: National Institute on Aging , open-funder-registry 10.13039/100000049;
                Award ID: AG051633
                Funded by: National Institutes of Health , open-funder-registry 10.13039/100000002;
                Award ID: 5P01HL101398‐02
                Award ID: 1P20HL113451‐01
                Award ID: 1R56HL126558‐01
                Award ID: 1RF1AG051633‐01
                Award ID: R01 NS064162‐01
                Award ID: R01 HL89650‐01
                Award ID: HL095479‐01
                Award ID: 1U10HL110302‐01
                Award ID: 1DP3DK094346‐01
                Award ID: 2P01HL086773‐06A1
                Funded by: Abbott Labs and Cardiorisk
                Original Research
                Original Research
                Coronary Heart Disease
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