Background: Cardiovascular risk models remain incomplete. Small-molecule metabolites may reflect underlying disease and, as such, serve as novel biomarkers of cardiovascular risk.
Methods: We studied 2,023 consecutive patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. Mass spectrometry profiling of 69 metabolites and lipid assessments were performed in fasting plasma. Principal component analysis reduced metabolites to a smaller number of uncorrelated factors. Independent relationships between factors and time-to-clinical events were assessed using Cox modeling. Clinical and metabolomic models were compared using log-likelihood and reclassification analyses.
Results: At median follow-up of 3.1 years, there were 232 deaths and 294 death/myocardial infarction (MI) events. Five of 13 metabolite factors were independently associated with mortality: factor 1 (medium-chain acylcarnitines: hazard ratio [HR] 1.12 [95% CI, 1.04-1.21], P = .005), factor 2 (short-chain dicarboxylacylcarnitines: HR 1.17 [1.05-1.31], P = .005), factor 3 (long-chain dicarboxylacylcarnitines: HR 1.14 [1.05-1.25], P = .002); factor 6 (branched-chain amino acids: HR 0.86 [0.75-0.99], P = .03), and factor 12 (fatty acids: HR 1.19 [1.06-1.35], P = .004). Three factors independently predicted death/MI: factor 2 (HR 1.11 [1.01-1.23], P = .04), factor 3 (HR 1.13 [1.04-1.22], P = .005), and factor 12 (HR 1.18 [1.05-1.32], P = .004). For mortality, 27% of intermediate-risk patients were correctly reclassified (net reclassification improvement 8.8%, integrated discrimination index 0.017); for death/MI model, 11% were correctly reclassified (net reclassification improvement 3.9%, integrated discrimination index 0.012).
Conclusions: Metabolic profiles predict cardiovascular events independently of standard predictors.
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