Metabolomic does not predict response to cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with heart failure

J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2014 Apr;15(4):295-300. doi: 10.2459/JCM.0000000000000028.


Aims: Metabolomic, a systematic study of metabolites, may be a useful tool in understanding the pathological processes that underlie the occurrence and progression of a disease. We hypothesized that metabolomic would be helpful in assessing a specific pattern in heart failure patients, also according to the underlining causes and in defining, prior to device implantation, the responder and nonresponder patient to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).

Methods: In this prospective study, blood and urine samples were collected from 32 heart failure patients who underwent CRT. Clinical, electrocardiography and echocardiographic evaluation was performed in each patient before CRT and after 6 months of follow-up. Thirty-nine age and sex-matched healthy individuals were chosen as control group. For each sample, 1H-NMR spectra, Nuclear Overhauser Enhancement Spectroscopy, Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill and diffusion edited spectra were measured.

Results: A different metabolomic fingerprint was demonstrated in heart failure patients compared to healthy controls with high accuracy level. Metabolomics fingerprint was similar between patients with ischemic and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. At 6-month follow-up, metabolomic fingerprint was different from baseline. At follow-up, heart failure patients’ metabolomic fingerprint remained significantly different from that of healthy controls, and accuracy of cause discrimination remained low. Responders and nonresponders had a similar metabolic fingerprint at baseline and after 6 months of CRT.

Conclusion: It is possible to identify a metabolomic fingerprint characterizing heart failure patients candidate to CRT, it is independent of the different causes of the disease and it is not predictive of the response to CRT.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Biomarkers / urine
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy*
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / metabolism
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated / therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Failure / metabolism
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metabolomics / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Biomarkers