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Limited role for fibroblast growth factor 23 in assessing prognosis in heart failure patients: data from the TIME-CHF trial

Robert Stöhr, Vincent M Brandenburg, Gunnar H Heine, Micha T. Maeder, Gregor Leibundgut, Alexander Schuh, Urs Jeker, Matthias Pfisterer, Sandra Sanders-van Wijk & Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca


Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is an intensively studied biomarker at the crossroads of cardiovascular disease, heart failure (HF) and chronic kidney disease. Independent associations between increasing FGF23 levels and cardiovascular events were found in many, but not all studies. By analysing data from the TIME-CHF cohort, we sought to investigate the prognostic value of FGF23 in an elderly, multimorbid HF patient cohort. We determined differences between intact (iFGF23) and C-terminal FGF23 (cFGF23) regarding their prognostic value and their levels over time in different HF subgroups according to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).

In this multicentre trial of 622 patients with symptomatic HF aged ≥60 years, we determined iFGF23 and cFGF23 at baseline, 3, 6 and 12-month follow-up. In unadjusted analyses, cFGF23 significantly predicted all HF-related outcomes at all time points. The predictive value of iFGF23 was less and not statistically significant at baseline. After multivariable adjustments, the association between both cFGF23 and iFGF23 and outcome lost statistical significance apart from cFGF23 at month 3. Overall, patients with preserved and mid-range LVEF had higher levels of iFGF23 and cFGF23 than those with reduced LVEF. Levels decreased significantly during the first 3 months in mid-range and reduced LVEF patients, but did not significantly change over time in those with preserved LVEF.

Fibroblast growth factor 23 is of limited value regarding risk prediction in this elderly HF population. Potentially heterogeneous roles of FGF23 in different LVEF groups deserve further investigation.
citation Stöhr R, Brandenburg V M, Heine G H, Maeder M T, Leibundgut G, Schuh A, Jeker U, Pfisterer M, Sanders-van Wijk S, Brunner-La Rocca H P. Limited role for fibroblast growth factor 23 in assessing prognosis in heart failure patients: data from the TIME-CHF trial. Eur J Heart Fail 2020;.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 05-02-2020
journal title Eur J Heart Fail
ISSN electronic 1879-0844
PubMed 32020782
DOI 10.1002/ejhf.1749