Relation of homocysteinemia to contrast-induced nephropathy in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention

Seung Jun Kim, Donghoon Choi, Young Guk Ko, Jung Sun Kim, Seung Hyeok Han, Byung Keuk Kim, Shin Wook Kang, Myeong Ki Hong, Yangsoo Jang, Kyu Hun Choi, Tae Hyun Yoo

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Hyperhomocysteinemia induces oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction, which share the proposed pathophysiologic mechanisms of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). However, no study has investigated the relation between hyperhomocysteinemia and CIN. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of hyperhomocysteinemia on CIN in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. This was an observational cohort study that included 572 patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention. CIN was defined as an absolute <0.5 mg/dl or a relative <25% increase in the serum creatinine level at 48 hours after the procedure. The incidence of CIN was significantly greater in patients in the third homocysteine tertile (from lowest to highest, 4.7%, 7.3%, and 24.2%, p <0.001). Furthermore, the homocysteine levels were significantly greater in patients with CIN than in those without CIN (16.9 ± 4.9 vs 13.5 ± 4.2 μmol/L, p <0.001). In multiple logistic regression models, hyperhomocysteinemia was an independent risk factor for CIN (per the SD change in the plasma homocysteine level [4.44 μmol/L], odds ratio 1.70, 95% confidence interval 1.07 to 2.71, p = 0.025) after adjusting for major risk factors such as age, diabetes, and baseline cardiac and renal function. In subgroup analyses according to diabetes, acute coronary syndrome, or baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate, significant, graded associations were found between the homocysteine level and the incidence of CIN. In conclusion, hyperhomocysteinemia is independently associated with a greater risk of CIN in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1086-1091
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 15

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Funding Information:
This study was partially supported by grants A085012 , A084001 , and A102064 from the Korea Healthcare Technology R&D Project , Ministry for Health, Welfare & Family Affairs , Republic of Korea ; grant A085136 from the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea ; and funding from the Cardiovascular Research Center, Seoul, Korea.

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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