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Associations of albuminuria in patients with chronic heart failure: findings in the ALiskiren Observation of heart Failure Treatment study.

Author(s): Jackson CE, MacDonald MR, Petrie MC, Solomon SD, Pitt B, Latini R, Maggioni AP, Smith BA, Prescott MF, Lewsey J, McMurray JJ

Affiliation(s): British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 126 University Place, Glasgow, UK.

Publication date & source: 2011-07, Eur J Heart Fail., 13(7):746-54. Epub 2011 Apr 1.

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

AIMS: To examine the relationships between baseline characteristics and urinary albumin excretion in the extensively phenotyped patients in the ALiskiren Observation of heart Failure Treatment (ALOFT) study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Urinary albumin creatinine ratio (UACR) was available in 190 of 302 (63%) patients randomized in ALOFT. Of these, 107 (56%) had normal albumin excretion, 63 (33%) microalbuminuria, and 20 (11%) macroalbuminuria. Compared with patients with normoalbuminuria, those with microalbuminuria had a greater prevalence of diabetes (48 vs. 26%, P = 0.005) and a lower estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) (60.7 vs. 68.3 mL/min/1.73 m(2), P = 0.01). Patients with macroalbuminuria had additional differences from those with a normal UACR, including younger age (63 vs. 69 years, P = 0.02), higher glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c; 7.9 vs. 6.2%, P < 0.001), and different echocardiographic findings. Of the non-diabetic patients, 28% had microalbuminuria and 7% had macroalbuminuria. Independent predictors of UACR in these patients included N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), HbA1c, and left ventricular diastolic dimension. Increased UACR was not associated with markers of inflammation or of renin angiotensin aldosterone system activation and was not reduced by aliskiren. CONCLUSIONS: Increased UACR is common in patients with heart failure, including non-diabetics. Urinary albumin creatinine ratio is independently associated with HbA1c and NT-proBNP, even in non-diabetic patients.

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