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- Received May 23, 2018
- Revision received August 12, 2018
- Accepted September 22, 2018
- Published online December 17, 2018.
- Anahita Ghorbani, MD, MPHa,
- Vijeta Bhambhani, MS, MPHb,c,
- Robert H. Christenson, PhDd,
- Wouter C. Meijers, MDe,
- Rudolf A. deBoer, MD, PhDe,
- Daniel Levy, MDf,g,
- Martin G. Larson, ScDh,i and
- Jennifer E. Ho, MDb,c,∗ (, )@MassGeneralNews
- aCalhoun Cardiology Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut
- bCardiovascular Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
- cCardiology Division, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
- dDepartment of Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
- eDepartment of Cardiology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
- fNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Boston University's Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts
- gPopulation Sciences Branch, Division of Intramural Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
- hFramingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts
- iDepartment of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Jennifer E. Ho, Massachusetts General Hospital, 185 Cambridge Street, CPZN #3224, Boston, Massachusetts 02114.
Background Galectin-3 (Gal-3) has been associated with heart failure (HF) and poor cardiovascular outcomes. However, the effect of longitudinal changes in Gal-3 on clinical outcomes remains unclear.
Objectives The authors sought to study clinical determinants of change in Gal-3 among community-dwelling individuals. Further, they sought to examine the role of serial Gal-3 measurements in predicting risk of future HF, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and mortality.
Methods A total of 2,477 participants in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort underwent measurement of plasma Gal-3 levels at 2 examinations (1995 to 1998 and 2005 to 2008). Linear regression models were used to examine clinical correlates of change in Gal-3. Proportional hazards models were used to relate future clinical outcomes with change in Gal-3.
Results The following clinical correlates were associated with greater longitudinal increases in Gal-3 levels: age, female sex, hypertension, diabetes, body mass index, interim development of chronic kidney disease, and HF (p < 0.0001 for all in multivariable model). Change in Gal-3 was associated with future HF (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.39 per 1-SD increase; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.13 to 1.71), CVD (HR: 1.29; 95% CI: 1.11 to 1.51), and all-cause mortality (HR: 1.30; 95% CI: 1.17 to 1.46). Change in Gal-3 was associated with both HF with preserved as well as reduced ejection fraction (p < 0.05 for both).
Conclusions Longitudinal changes in Gal-3 are associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors and renal disease. In turn, change in Gal-3 predicts future HF, CVD, and mortality in the community. Future studies are needed to determine whether serial Gal-3 measures may be useful in disease prevention.
The Galectin-3 assays were provided by BG Medicine. This work was partially supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Framingham Heart Study, contracts N01-HC25195 and HHSN268201500001I). Dr. Christenson has received honoraria from and served as a consultant for Siemens Diagnostic, Beckman Coulter, PixCell, Quidel, Roche Diagnostics, and Becton Dickinson; and has received research support from Abbott Diagnostics, Fujirebio, BioKit, Siemens Diagnostic, Beckman Coulter, PixCell, Quidel, Roche Diagnostics, Becton Dickinson, and Mitsubishi. Dr. deBoer has served as a consultant for Mandalmed Inc.; has received speaker fees from Servier and Novartis; and has received research grants from AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Roche. Dr. Ho is supported by National Institutes of Health grants K23-HL116780, R01-HL134893, and R01-HL130224, and by a Hassenfeld Research Scholar award from Massachusetts General Hospital; and has received research supplies from EcoNugenics, Inc. All other authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
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- Received May 23, 2018.
- Revision received August 12, 2018.
- Accepted September 22, 2018.
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation
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