Limited role for fibroblast growth factor 23 in assessing prognosis in heart failure patients: data from the TIME-CHF trial

R. Stohr*, V.M. Brandenburg, G.H. Heine, M.T. Maeder, G. Leibundgut, A. Schuh, U. Jeker, M. Pfisterer, S. Sanders-van Wijk, H.P. Brunner-La Rocca

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Aim Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is an intensively studied biomarker at the crossroads of cardiovascular disease, heart failure (HF) and chronic kidney disease. Independent associations between increasing FGF23 levels and cardiovascular events were found in many, but not all studies. By analysing data from the TIME-CHF cohort, we sought to investigate the prognostic value of FGF23 in an elderly, multimorbid HF patient cohort. We determined differences between intact (iFGF23) and C-terminal FGF23 (cFGF23) regarding their prognostic value and their levels over time in different HF subgroups according to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).Methods and results In this multicentre trial of 622 patients with symptomatic HF aged >= 60 years, we determined iFGF23 and cFGF23 at baseline, 3, 6 and 12-month follow-up. In unadjusted analyses, cFGF23 significantly predicted all HF-related outcomes at all time points. The predictive value of iFGF23 was less and not statistically significant at baseline. After multivariable adjustments, the association between both cFGF23 and iFGF23 and outcome lost statistical significance apart from cFGF23 at month 3. Overall, patients with preserved and mid-range LVEF had higher levels of iFGF23 and cFGF23 than those with reduced LVEF. Levels decreased significantly during the first 3 months in mid-range and reduced LVEF patients, but did not significantly change over time in those with preserved LVEF.Conclusions Fibroblast growth factor 23 is of limited value regarding risk prediction in this elderly HF population. Potentially heterogeneous roles of FGF23 in different LVEF groups deserve further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-709
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean journal of heart failure
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • associations
  • cardiovascular events
  • chronic kidney-disease
  • converting enzyme-inhibition
  • elderly-patients
  • fgf-23
  • fgf23
  • fibroblast growth factor 23
  • heart failure
  • hospitalisation
  • mortality
  • prognosis
  • risk
  • risk assessment
  • standard medical therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Fibroblast growth factor 23
  • FGF-23
  • Risk assessment
  • FGF23
  • Hospitalisation
  • Heart failure
  • Mortality
  • RISK

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