Elevated cardiac troponin T predicts cardiovascular events in asymptomatic continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients without a history of cardiovascular disease

Seung Hyeok Han, Hoon Young Choi, Dong Ki Kim, Sung Jin Moon, Jung Eun Lee, Tae Hyun Yoo, Beom Seok Kim, Shin Wook Kang, Kyu Hun Choi, Ho Yung Lee, Dae Suk Han

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Background: Recent studies revealed that elevated cardiac troponin T (cTnT) could predict all-cause mortality and cardiovascular diseases in end-stage renal disease patients. This study aimed to evaluate cTnT as a prognostic value in asymptomatic continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients. Methods: This is a prospective observational study with 107 prevalent peritoneal dialysis patients. cTnT, high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and IL-6 were measured at baseline. Based on cTnT level, patients were classified as higher cTnT group (HT, n = 21, cTnT ≥0.1 ng/ml) and lower cTnT group (LT, n = 86, cTnT <0.1 ng/ml), and were followed for 3 years. Primary endpoint was cardiovascular events. Results: The HT group had a significantly higher level of log hsCRP and log IL-6 than the LT group (p < 0.05). Kaplan-Meier survival demonstrated worse cardiovascular event-free survival for the HT group. Multivariate analysis adjusted for age, cTnT, IL-6 and hsCRP level revealed that age (per 1-year increase, HR 1.07, p < 0.05), elevated cTnT (vs. <0.1 ng/ml, HR 5.89, p < 0.05) and hsCRP (vs. <3.0 mg/l, HR 4.15, p < 0.05) were identified as significant determinants of cardiovascular events. Conclusion: This study suggests that cTnT may be an aid in risk stratification of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Nephrology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology

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