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Changes in biomarkers of cardiac dysfunction during exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Shafuddin, E and Chang, CL and Cooray, M and Tuffery, CM and Hopping, SJ and Sullivan, GD and Jacobson, GA and Hancox, RJ, Changes in biomarkers of cardiac dysfunction during exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Respiratory Medicine, 145 pp. 192-199. ISSN 0954-6111 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.rmed.2018.11.008


Background: Cardiac dysfunction is associated with a higher mortality in exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is unknown how the heart responds to treatment of COPD exacerbations. We followed cardiac biomarker levels during hospital admissions for exacerbations of COPD and hypothesised that these biochemical markers of cardiac dysfunction might be affected the severity and treatment of exacerbations of COPD.

Methods: N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and troponin T were measured at admission, 12 h, 72 h, and clinical stability in 176 patients. In a second cohort (n = 93), associations between blood salbutamol concentrations and biomarker changes at 12 h were analysed.

Results: NT-proBNP increased from a geometric mean of 43 pmol/L at admission to 56 pmol/L at 12 h (p < 0.001), 53 pmol/L at 72 h (p = 0.045), and decreased to 25 pmol/L (p < 0.001) at stability. Troponin T levels decreased at 12 h (p < 0.001), but 15/174 (9%) patients had a clinically significant rise. Nebulised bronchodilator treatment and blood salbutamol concentrations were associated with greater increases in NT-proBNP rise at 12 h independently of baseline COPD or exacerbation severity and other treatments (p < 0.05). Nebulised bronchodilator and blood salbutamol concentrations also predicted rises in troponin T in univariate analyses (p < 0.05).

Conclusions: NT-proBNP continues to rise after admission to hospital for COPD exacerbations and a minority of patients have clinically significant rises in cardiac troponins. These rises were associated with nebulised beta2-agonist treatment. These findings suggest that high doses of beta2-agonists may exacerbate cardiac dysfunction in COPD.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COPD, beta2-agonist, cardiac dysfunction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, natriuretic peptide, troponin
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jacobson, GA (Professor Glenn Jacobson)
ID Code:129213
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2018-11-15
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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