Osteopontin and galectin-3 predict the risk of ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation in heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators

Pietro Francia, Carmen Adduci, Lorenzo Semprini, Marina Borro, Agnese Ricotta, Isabella Sensini, Daria Santini, Massimo Caprinozzi, Cristina Balla, Maurizio Simmaco, Massimo Volpe

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OPN and Gal-3 Predict VT/VF in Heart Failure Patients Background Myocardial extracellular matrix remodelling provides electrical heterogeneity entailing ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation (VT/VF) in heart failure (HF) patients. Osteopontin (OPN) and Galectin-3 (Gal-3) are fibrosis markers and may reflect the extension of the arrhythmogenic substrate. We assessed whether plasma OPN and Gal-3 predict the risk of sustained VT/VF in a cohort of HF patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Methods A total of 75 HF patients underwent pre-ICD implantation clinical evaluation and assessment of plasma OPN and Gal-3. The primary endpoint was the time to the occurrence of the first sustained VT/VF. Hazard ratios (HR) were derived from Cox proportional-hazards analysis. Results Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) had higher plasma OPN (79.8 ± 44.0 ng/mL vs. 66.0 ± 31.8 ng/mL; P = 0.04). Both Gal-3 (r = -0.38; P = 0.01) and OPN (r = -0.27; p = 0.01) were negatively related to estimated glomerular filtration rate. After 29 ± 17 months, 20 patients (27%) reached the primary endpoint. Patients with VT/VF had higher plasma OPN and Gal-3 (97.4 ± 51.7 ng/mL vs. 65.9 ± 31.3 ng/mL; P = 0.002 and 19.7 ± 8.5 ng/mL vs. 16.2 ± 6.2 ng/mL; P = 0.05). In univariate analysis, OPN (log-OPN, HR: 32.4; 95%CI: 3.9-264.7; P = 0.001) and Gal-3 (HR: 1.05; 95%CI: 1.00-1.11; P = 0.04) predicted sustained VT/VF. In multivariable analysis, both OPN (HR: 41.4; 95%CI: 3.8-441.9; P = 0.002) and Gal-3 (HR: 1.06; 95%CI: 1.00-1.12; P = 0.03) retained their prognostic power after correction for age, sex, history of MI, EF, NYHA class, eGFR, use of ACE-I, and amiodarone. Conclusions Plasma OPN and Gal-3 predict sustained VT/VF in HF patients at high risk for SCD. Larger prospective studies should outline the role of these biomarkers in predicting SCD on top of conventional risk stratification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-616
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • biomarkers
  • Galectin-3
  • heart failure
  • ICD
  • osteopontin
  • sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)


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