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1.  Fibroblast Growth Factor-23, Cardiovascular Prognosis, and Benefit of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibition in Stable Ischemic Heart Disease 
This study sought to test 2 hypotheses: 1) fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-23 identifies patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) at high risk of cardiovascular events independent of clinical factors, renal function, and established cardiovascular biomarkers; and 2) FGF-23 identifies patients who derive greater clinical benefit from angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy.
FGF-23 is an endocrine regulator of mineral metabolism and markedly elevated levels are associated with cardiovascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease. Data in patients with SIHD are more sparse.
FGF-23 levels were measured in 3,627 patients with SIHD randomly assigned to trandolapril or placebo within the PEACE (Prevention of Events With Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme) trial and followed up for a median of 5.1 years.
After adjustment for clinical risk predictors, left ventricular ejection fraction, markers of renal function, and established cardiovascular biomarkers, FGF-23 concentration was independently associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death or heart failure among patients allocated to placebo (quartile 4 hazard ratio: 1.73; 95% confidence interval, 1.09 to 2.74; p = 0.02) and significantly improved metrics of discrimination. Furthermore, among patients in the top quartile of FGF-23 levels, trandolapril significantly reduced cardiovascular death or incident heart failure (hazard ratio: 0.45; 95% confidence interval: 0.28 to 0.72), whereas there was no clinical benefit in the remaining patients (hazard ratio: 1.07; 95% confidence interval: 0.75 to 1.52; p interaction = 0.0039). This interaction was independent of and additive to stratification based on renal function.
Elevated levels of FGF-23 are associated with cardiovascular death and incident heart failure in patients with SIHD and identify patients who derive significant clinical benefit from angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy regardless of renal function.
PMCID: PMC4213068  PMID: 24727254
angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors; biomarkers; coronary artery disease; fibroblast growth factor-23; kidney
2.  Effect of Intensive Versus Standard Blood Glucose Control in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Different Regions of the World: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials 
Regional variation in type 2 diabetes mellitus care may affect outcomes in patients treated with intensive versus standard blood glucose control. We sought to evaluate these differences between North America and the rest of the world.
Methods and Results
Databases were searched from their inception through December 2013. Randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of intensive therapy with standard therapy for macro- and microvascular complications in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus were selected. We calculated summary odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs with the random-effects model. The analysis included 34 967 patients from 17 randomized controlled trials (7 in North America and 10 in the rest of the world). There were no significant differences between intensive and standard therapy groups for all-cause mortality (OR 1.03, 95% CI 0.93 to 1.13) and cardiovascular mortality (OR 1.09, 95% CI 0.90 to 1.32). For trials conducted in North America, intensive therapy compared with standard glycemic control resulted in significantly higher all-cause mortality (OR 1.21, 95% CI 1.05 to 1.40) and cardiovascular mortality (OR 1.41, 95% CI 1.05 to 1.90) than trials conducted in the rest of the world (all-cause mortality OR 0.93, 95% CI 0.85 to 1.03; interaction P=0.006; cardiovascular mortality OR 0.89, 95% CI, 0.79 to 1.00; interaction P=0.007). Analysis of individual macro- and microvascular outcomes revealed no significant regional differences; however, the risk of severe hypoglycemia was significantly higher in trials of intensive therapy in North America (OR 3.52, 95% CI 3.07 to 4.03) compared with the rest of the world (OR 1.45, 95% CI 0.85 to 2.47; interaction P=0.001).
Randomization to intensive glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients was associated with increases in all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and severe hypoglycemia in North America compared with the rest of the world. Further investigation into the pathobiology or patient variability underlying these findings is warranted.
PMCID: PMC4599400  PMID: 25944874
cardiovascular mortality; diabetes mellitus; intensive glycemic control
3.  Anticoagulation after Anterior Myocardial Infarction and the Risk of Stroke 
PLoS ONE  2010;5(8):e12150.
Survivors of anterior MI are at increased risk for stroke with predilection to form ventricular thrombus. Commonly patients are discharged on dual antiplatelet therapy. Given the frequency of early coronary reperfusion and risk of bleeding, it remains uncertain whether anticoagulation offers additional utility. We examined the effectiveness of anticoagulation therapy for the prevention of stroke after anterior MI.
Methods and Findings
We performed a population-based cohort analysis of 10,383 patients who survived hospitalization for an acute MI in Ontario, Canada from April 1, 1999 to March 31, 2001. The primary outcome was four-year ischemic stroke rates compared between anterior and non-anterior MI patients. Risk factors for stroke were assessed by multivariate Cox proportional-hazards analysis. Warfarin use was determined at discharge and followed for 90 days among a subset of patients aged 66 and older (n = 1483). Among the 10,383 patients studied, 2,942 patients survived hospitalization for an anterior MI and 20% were discharged on anticoagulation therapy. Within 4 years, 169 patients (5.7%) were admitted with an ischemic stroke, half of which occurred within 1-year post-MI. There was no significant difference in stroke rate between anterior and non-anterior MI patients. The use of warfarin up to 90 days was not associated with stroke protection after anterior MI (hazard ratio [HR], 0.68; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.37–1.26). The use of angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (HR, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.44–0.95) and beta-blockers (HR, 0.60; 95% CI, 0.41–0.87) were associated with a significant decrease in stroke risk. There was no significant difference in bleeding-related hospitalizations in patients who used warfarin for up to 90 days post-MI.
Many practitioners still consider a large anterior-wall MI as high risk for potential LV thrombus formation and stroke. Among a cohort of elderly patients who survived an anterior MI there was no benefit from the use of warfarin up to 90 days post-MI to prevent ischemic stroke. Our data suggests that routine anticoagulation of patients with anterior-wall MI may not be indicated. Prospective randomized trials are needed to determine the optimal antithrombin strategy for preventing this common and serious adverse outcome.
PMCID: PMC2921337  PMID: 20730096

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