The association of lipoprotein(a) with incident heart failure hospitalization: Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study

Anandita Agarwala, Yashashwi Pokharel, Anum Saeed, Wensheng Sun, Salim S. Virani, Vijay Nambi, Chiadi Ndumele, Eyal Shahar, Gerardo Heiss, Eric Boerwinkle, Suma Konety, Ron C. Hoogeveen, Christie M. Ballantyne

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Background and aims Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a proatherogenic lipoprotein associated with coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and more recently aortic stenosis and heart failure (HF). We examined the association of Lp(a) levels with incident HF hospitalization in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. We also assessed the relationship between Lp(a) levels and arterial stiffness as a potential mechanism for development of HF. Methods Lp(a) was measured in 14,154 ARIC participants without prevalent HF at ARIC visit 1 (1987–1989). The association of Lp(a) quintiles with incident HF hospitalization was assessed using Cox proportional-hazards models. Arterial stiffness parameters were stratified based on Lp(a) quintiles, and p-trend was calculated across ordered groups. Results At a median follow-up of 23.4 years, there were 2605 incident HF hospitalizations. Lp(a) levels were directly associated with incident HF hospitalization in models adjusted for age, race, gender, systolic blood pressure, history of hypertension, diabetes, smoking status, body mass index, heart rate, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (quintile 5 vs. quintile 1: hazard ratio [HR] 1.24, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.09–1.41; p-trend across increasing quintiles <0.01), but not after excluding prevalent and incident myocardial infarction cases (HR 1.07, 95% CI 0.91–1.27; p-trend = 0.70). When adjusted for age, gender, and race, Lp(a) quintiles were not significantly associated with arterial stiffness parameters. Conclusions Increased Lp(a) levels were associated with increased risk of incident HF hospitalization. After excluding prevalent and incident myocardial infarction, the association was no longer significant. Lp(a) levels were not associated with arterial stiffness parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017



  • Heart failure
  • Lipoproteins
  • Risk factors
  • Risk prediction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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