The Prognostic Value of Heart Type Fatty Acid Binding Protein in Patients with Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Julia D. Jones, Pei G. Chew, Rebecca Dobson, Andrew Wootton, Reza Ashrafi, Aleem Khand*.

Journal Name: Current Cardiology Reviews

Volume 13 , Issue 3 , 2017

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Background: Heart type fatty acid protein (HFABP) is a cytosolic protein released early after acute coronary syndrome (ACS) even in the absence of myocardial necrosis.

Objectives: The purpose of this systematic review was to determine whether HFABP levels in patients with suspected, or confirmed ACS, improve risk stratification when added to established means of risk assessment.

Methods: We searched Medline, Pubmed and Embase databases from inception to July 2015 to identify prospective studies with suspected or confirmed ACS, who had HFABP measured during the index admission with at least 1 month follow up data. A prognostic event was defined as allcause mortality or acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

Results: 7 trials providing data on 6935 patients fulfilled inclusion criteria. There were considerable differences between studies and this was manifest in variation in prognostic impact of elevated HFABP(Odds ratio range 1.2-15.2 for death). All studies demonstrated that HFABP provide unadjusted prognostic information and in only one study this was negated after adjusting for covariates. A combination of both negative troponin and normal HFABP conferred a very low event rate. No study evaluated the incremental value of HFABP beyond that of standard risk scores. Only one study used a high sensitive troponin assay.

Conclusion: There was marked heterogeneity in prognostic impact of HFABP in ACS between studies reflecting differences in sampling times and population risk. Prospective studies of suspected ACS with early sampling of HFABP in the era of high sensitivity troponin are necessary to determine the clinical value of HFABP. HFABP should not currently be used clinically as a prognostic marker in patients with suspected ACS.

Keywords: Acute coronary syndromes, biomarkers, prognosis, systematic review, HFABP, AMI.

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Year: 2017
Page: [189 - 198]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1573403X13666170116121451
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