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High-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels and health status outcomes after myocardial infarction

While high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is a marker of inflammation and higher cardiovascular risk, its association with health status (symptoms, function and quality of life) after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is unknown. Methods Among 3410 patients with AMI from the TRIUMPH (N = 1301) and VIRGO (N = 2109) studies, we compared 1-year generic (Medical Outcome Study Short Form-12 and Euro Quality of Life Visual Analog Scale) and disease-specific (Seattle Angina Questionnaire) health status outcomes in those with hs-CRP ≥2 mg/L vs. <2 mg/L. In hierarchical linear regression models, we examined the association of 30-day hs-CRP levels with 1-year health status without adjustment, after adjusting for 30-day health status, and after adjusting for demographic, socioeconomic, disease severity/comorbidities and treatment characteristics. Results The median (25th, 75th percentiles) 30-day hs-CRP was 2.6, (1.1, 6.1) mg/L and 59% had hs-CRP ≥2 mg/L. Statin therapy was used in 92% of patients at hospital discharge. Thirty-day hs-CRP ≥2 mg/L was inversely associated with all 1-year health status measures in unadjusted and partially adjusted models, but not in fully-adjusted models. Results were similar when hs-CRP was analyzed as a continuous variable. Conclusions While elevated hs-CRP 30 days after AMI was associated with worse health status in unadjusted analyses, this was not significant after adjusting for comorbidities, suggesting that hs-CRP may be a marker of comorbidities associated with worse health status. Whether reducing inflammation in AMI patients will improve health status should be tested in ongoing trials.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S002191501731290X

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