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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3818292, 13 pages
Research Article

The Role of Serum Adiponectin for Outcome Prediction in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Advanced Heart Failure

1Department of Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, M. K. Ciurlionio 21, LT-03101 Vilnius, Lithuania
2Department of Regenerative Medicine, State Research Institute, Center for Innovative Medicine, Santariskiu 5, LT-08406 Vilnius, Lithuania
3Department of Cardiology and Angiology, Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Santariskiu 2, LT-08661 Vilnius, Lithuania
4Department of Integrative Pathophysiology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
5Department of Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Correspondence should be addressed to Vaida Baltrūnienė

Received 28 July 2017; Revised 25 October 2017; Accepted 29 October 2017; Published 26 November 2017

Academic Editor: Stefano Cagnin

Copyright © 2017 Vaida Baltrūnienė et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Clinical interpretation of patients’ plasma adiponectin (APN) remains challenging; its value as biomarker in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is equivocal. We evaluated whether circulating APN level is an independent predictor of composite outcome: death, left ventricle assist device (LVAD) implantation, and heart transplantation (HT) in patients with nonischemic DCM. 57 patients with nonischemic DCM (average LV diastolic diameter 6.85 cm, LV ejection fraction 26.63%, and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure 22.06  mmHg) were enrolled. Patients underwent echocardiography, right heart catheterization, and endomyocardial biopsy. During a mean follow-up of 33.42 months, 15 (26%) patients died, 12 (21%) patients underwent HT, and 8 (14%) patients were implanted with LVAD. APN level was significantly higher in patients who experienced study endpoints (23.4 versus 10.9 ug/ml, ). APN was associated with worse outcome in univariate Cox proportional hazards model (HR 1.04, CI 1.02–1.07, ) but lost significance adjusting for other covariates. Average global strain (AGS) is an independent outcome predictor (HR 1.42, CI 1.081–1.866, ). Increased circulating APN level was associated with higher mortality and may be an additive prognostic marker in DCM with advanced HF. Combination of serum (APN, BNP, TNF-α) and echocardiographic (AGS) markers may increase the HF predicting power for the nonischemic DCM patients.