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Postoperative atrial fibrillation is not correlated to C-reactive protein.

Authors: Ahlsson, AJ  Bodin, L  Lundblad, OH  Englund, AG 
Citation: Ahlsson AJ, etal., Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Apr;83(4):1332-7.
RGD ID: 9495909
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:17383336
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2006.11.047

BACKGROUND: The peak incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs around the second postoperative day, a time at which serum inflammatory markers are elevated. The aim of this study was to investigate differences between patients with and without postoperative AF with special regard to C-reactive protein (CRP) serum levels. METHODS: The study cohort included all heart surgery patients who had sinus rhythm preoperatively, survived postoperative day 3, and were operated on between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2005 (n = 524). Any episode of AF during the first 7 postoperative days defined the patient as belonging to the postoperative AF group. Creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB) was measured at postoperative day 1, and CRP was measured preoperatively and at postoperative day 3. Risk factors for postoperative AF were determined using bivariate and multivariate regression analysis. RESULTS: Of 524 patients, 182 had at least one episode of AF (34.7%). Preoperative and postoperative CRP concentrations did not differ between the groups (postoperative CRP 175.4 +/- 64.4 versus 175.3 +/- 60.1 mg/L respectively, p = 0.99). Atrial fibrillation patients were significantly older (p < 0.001) and had higher CK-MB levels (33.6 +/- 53.1 microg/L versus 22.5 +/- 26.7 microg/L, respectively, p = 0.009). The odds ratio for postoperative AF with postoperative CK-MB greater than 70 microg/L was 3.5 (confidence interval: 1.4 to 8.6). CONCLUSIONS: Postoperative AF has no correlation to the inflammatory marker CRP in heart surgery patients. Ischemic myocardial injury might predispose for postoperative AF.


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Objects Annotated

Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Crp  (C-reactive protein)

Genes (Mus musculus)
Crp  (C-reactive protein, pentraxin-related)

Genes (Homo sapiens)
CRP  (C-reactive protein)

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