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ProANP plasma measurement predicts all-cause mortality in acutely hospitalised patients: a cohort study
  1. Bo K Lauridsen1,
  2. Kasper Iversen2,
  3. Ingrid Hunter1,
  4. Morten Bay3,
  5. Vibeke Kirk4,
  6. Olav W Nielsen5,
  7. Henrik Nielsen5,
  8. Søren Boesgaard2,
  9. Lars Køber2,
  10. Jens P Goetze1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. 3Department of Cardiology, Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. 4Department of Oncology, Herlev Hospital, Herlev, Denmark
  5. 5Department of Cardiology, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jens P Goetze; JPG{at}


Importance The association of natriuretic peptide measurement with all-cause mortality in a broad selection of acutely admitted patients has not yet been examined.

Objective To test the risk association between pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and short-term and long-term mortality and its predictive value in acutely hospitalised patients and compare this to N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP).

Design, setting and patients Participants were selected from the Copenhagen Hospital Heart Failure Study (n=3644). Medical history, satisfactory echocardiography and blood samples were available on 2193 participants in 1998–1999 where NT-proBNP was measured. Vital status after discharge was obtained from national central data registers. A total of 1337 participants with eligible blood samples were selected in 2010–2011 for proANP measurement. Among these, 1255 (94%) were acutely hospitalised in 1998–1999.

Main outcome measure(s) 1-year and long-term mortality.

Results Median follow-up period was 11.5 years. At the end of follow-up, 926 patients had died, 239 during the first year. ProANP quartiles to 2–4 (median proANP levels 594 pmol/L, 990 pmol/L and 2052 pmol/L, respectively) associated with a stepwise increase in risk of 1-year and long-term mortality compared to the first quartile (336 pmol/L) in multivariable adjusted Cox proportional regression models (HR 1.53 95% CI 1.30 to 1.81 and HR 1.26 95% CI 1.17 to 1.36, respectively). An addition of NT-proBNP attenuated proANP's association with mortality in the models (HR 1.24 95% CI 1.01 to 1.53 and 1.14 95% CI 1.03 to 1.26, respectively). The increased risk was observed in participants with the highest proANP levels (fourth quartile). Similar results were observed in subgroups of participants with no evidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). ProANP in quartiles improved discrimination when added to traditional risk factors in prediction models for 1-year (integrated discrimination improvement (IDI) 0.141 95% CI 0.085 to 0.197; C-index 0.753 95% CI 0.724 to 0.783, P for improvement 0.003) and long-term mortality (IDI 0.053 95% CI 0.032 to 0.074; C-index 0.736 95% CI 0.720 to 0.752, P for improvement <0.001) with similar results in subgroups. Discrimination was best in a combined model with proANP as well as NT-proBNP included.

Conclusions and relevance High plasma proANP concentrations are associated with and predict short-term and long-term all-cause mortality in acutely hospitalised patients irrespective of CVD status at admission.

  • Accident & Emergency Medicine
  • Chemical Pathology

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