Abstract 9234: Ventricular Irregularity, but not Ventricular Rate, is Important for Determination of NT-ProBNP Levels in Chronic Atrial Fibrillation: Evidence for Lenient Rate Control in Atrial Fibrillation
Background Adequate rate control has been a concern in management of patients with atrial fibrillation(AF). Role of ventricular rate(VR) and its irregularity have not been well studied with respect to the elevation of NT-proBNP level. VR at which NT-proBNP level is lowest would be the optimal heart rate in patients with AF.
Methods and Results In 85 patients with AF(69.8±9.0 years, 43 men), NT-proBNP level, indices of VR irregularity(mean VR, standard deviation(SD) of VR, SD of successive differences and SD of 5-minute averages(SDAVR)) derived from 24-hour ambulatory ECG and transthoracic echocardiographic parameters(early mitral inflow velocity(e)/mitral annular velocity(e′), left atrial volume index and left ventricular ejection fraction(LVEF)) were measured. Potential determinants of NT-proBNP level were identified by univariate and multivariate linear analysis. Age, e/e’ and SDAVR were significant univariate predictors of NT-proBNP level, but mean VR did not. e/e′and SDAVR remained as significant predictors after multivariate adjustment(β=0.028, P=0.004, and β=-0.002, P=0.008, respectively). When the patients were stratified with the 33rd and 67th percentile values of e/e′(10.62 and 14.63, respectively), a significant positive correlation between mean VR and NT-proBNP level was present in patients with higher e/e(N=57, β=0.007, P=0.043).
Conclusions LV diastolic function and VR irregularity rather than VR were associated with elevation of NT-proBNP level in AF.
Key words : Atrial fibrillation, NT-proBNP
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