Clinical Significance of Skin Autofluorescence in Elderly Patients With Long-Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Takashi Hitsumoto -


Background: Recent clinical studies have demonstrated the importance of skin autofluorescence as a cardiovascular risk factor. However, data regarding the relationship between skin autofluorescence and atrial fibrillation are limited. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical significance of skin autofluorescence in elderly patients with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation.

Methods: This cross-sectional study enrolled 112 elderly patients with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation who were treated medically (46 men and 66 women; mean age, 81 ± 9 years). The association between skin autofluorescence and various clinical parameters was examined.

Results: Significant relationships were observed between skin autofluorescence and CHADS2 score (r = 0.53, P < 0.001), high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T level (r = 0.43, P < 0.001), reactive oxygen metabolite levels (r = 0.52, P < 0.001), and whole blood passage time (r = 0.45, P < 0.001). Furthermore, multiple regression analyses showed that these clinical parameters were independent variables when skin autofluorescence was used as a subordinate factor. Receiver-operating characteristic curve analysis indicated that the risk values of skin autofluorescence for high CHADS2 scores (≥ 2) or elevated high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T levels (> 0.014ng/mL) were 2.6 arbitrary units (AU) and 2.7 AU, respectively.

Conclusions: The findings of this study indicated that skin autofluorescence may be a prognostic factor in elderly patients with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation. The risk value of skin autofluorescence was considered as 2.6 AU or 2.7 AU.

Cardiol Res. 2019;10(3):181-187


Skin autofluorescence; Long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation; CHADS2 score; Blood rheology; High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T; Oxidative stress; Elderly

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