Cardiovascular Metabolomics

Circ Res. 2018 Apr 27;122(9):1238-1258. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311002.


Disturbances in cardiac metabolism underlie most cardiovascular diseases. Metabolomics, one of the newer omics technologies, has emerged as a powerful tool for defining changes in both global and cardiac-specific metabolism that occur across a spectrum of cardiovascular disease states. Findings from metabolomics studies have contributed to better understanding of the metabolic changes that occur in heart failure and ischemic heart disease and have identified new cardiovascular disease biomarkers. As technologies advance, the metabolomics field continues to evolve rapidly. In this review, we will discuss the current state of metabolomics technologies, including consideration of various metabolomics platforms and elements of study design; the emerging utility of stable isotopes for metabolic flux studies; and the use of metabolomics to better understand specific cardiovascular diseases, with an emphasis on recent advances in the field.

Keywords: amino acids; cardiovascular diseases; heart failure; ketone bodies; metabolism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / metabolism*
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Isotopes / analysis
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Metabolomics* / methods
  • Mice
  • Myocardium / metabolism
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular
  • Proteome
  • Research Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Specimen Handling


  • Isotopes
  • Proteome