Relationship between serum osteopontin level and atrial fibrillation recurrence in patients undergoing cryoballoon catheter ablation

GÜNEŞ H. M., Güler G. B., GÜLER E., Demir G. G., Yilmaz F. K., Omaygenç M. O., ...More

Turk Kardiyoloji Dernegi Arsivi, vol.45, no.1, pp.26-32, 2017 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5543/tkda.2016.21855
  • Journal Name: Turk Kardiyoloji Dernegi Arsivi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.26-32
  • Keywords: Atrial fibrillation catheter ablation, atrial fibrillation recurrence, cryoballoon, osteopontin
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Atrial fibrosis augments recurrence rate following AF catheter ablation. Osteopontin is a multifunctional molecule involved in several pathophysiological pathways, including fibrosis. Presently described is investigation of relationship between serum osteopontin level and AF recurrence after AF cryoablation. Methods: The study was designed to be prospective and observational; 60 patients with paroxysmal (n=47) and persistent (n=13) AF were included. Osteopontin level was measured both before and 6 months after AF ablation with cryoballoon. Results: Preprocedure and postprocedure osteopontin level did not differ between the 2 groups of AF patients (p=0.286, p=0.493, respectively). Postprocedure osteopontin level was significantly higher compared with preprocedure value (32.18 ng/mL vs 15.58 ng/mL; p=<0.001). Left atrial diameter, AF type, and preprocedure osteopontin level were related to AF recurrence (p≤0.05). An age-Adjusted multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted to determine independent predictors of AF recurrence. Among these, AF type (β=2.211; p=0.004; odds ratio [OR]: 9.124; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.026-41.094) was found to be the most important factor related to AF recurrence. Preprocedure osteopontin level also predicted AF recurrence independently (β=0.059; p=0.048; OR: 1.061; 95% CI 1.001-1.125). Conclusion: Study results revealed persistency of AF and high preprocedure osteopontin level independently predicted AF recurrence in patients undergoing cryoballoon AF ablation. Association of a biochemical marker with AF recurrence might be beneficial to selection of appropriate patients for cryoballoon procedure and assessment of long-Term procedural success.