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Neurohormonal and clinical sex differences in heart failure
University of Groningen, Netherlands .
University of Groningen, Netherlands .
University of Groningen, Netherlands .
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2013 (English)In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 34, no 32, 2538-+ p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite disparities in pathophysiology and disease manifestation between male and female patients with heart failure, studies focusing on sex differences in biomarkers are scarce. The purpose of this study was to assess sex-specific variation in clinical characteristics and biomarker levels to gain more understanding of the potential pathophysiological mechanisms underlying sex differences in heart failure. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanBaseline demographic and clinical characteristics, multiple biomarkers, and outcomes were compared between men and women in 567 patients. The mean age of the study group was 71 11 years and 38 were female. Women were older, had a higher body mass index and left ventricular ejection fraction, more hypertension, and received more diuretic and antidepressant therapy, but less ACE-inhibitor therapy compared with men. After 3 years, all-cause mortality was lower in women than men (37.0 vs. 43.9, multivariable hazard ratio 0.64; 95 confidence interval 0.450.92, P 0.016). Levels of biomarkers related to inflammation [C-reactive protein, pentraxin 3, growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15), and interleukin 6] and extracellular matrix remodelling (syndecan-1 and periostin) were significantly lower in women compared with men. N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide, TNF-R1a, and GDF-15 showed the strongest interaction between sex and mortality. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanFemale heart failure patients have a distinct clinical presentation and better outcomes compared with male patients. The lower mortality was independent of differences in clinical characteristics, but differential sex associations between several biomarkers and mortality might partly explain the survival difference.

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Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy B , 2013. Vol. 34, no 32, 2538-+ p.
Keyword [en]
Heart failure, Sex, Biomarkers, Aetiology, Mortality
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97669DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht152ISI: 000323574900015OAI: diva2:649977

Funding Agencies|Netherlands Heart Foundation|2000Z003|Biosite France SAS, Jouy-en-Josas, France||Roche Diagnostics Nederland BV, Venlo, the Netherlands||Novartis PharmaBV, Arnhem, the Netherlands||Dutch Heart Foundation|2006T37|European Commission|FP7-242209-BIOSTAT-CHF|

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