CATCH ME partners identify clinical risks and biomarkers that could be used to screen patients with atrial fibrillation

  • by Doreen Haase - Mon, 2019-01-07 16:22

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have found two biomarkers that could be used to identify atrial fibrillation in patients who have three ‘clinical risks’: older age, being male and a high Body Mass Index. 

In these patients the two biomarkers brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), a hormone secreted by the heart, and fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23), a protein responsible for phosphate regulation, were strongly associated with atrial fibrillation.

These biomarkers would allow an easy screening of patients which is important to prevent life-threatening complications. Patients with atrial fibrillation have a higher risk of developing strokes. This can be prevented by treating patients at risk with anticoagulants.


For more details, see the press release of the University of Birmingham.

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Chua et al (2018). ‘Data-driven discovery and validation of circulating blood-based biomarkers associated with prevalent atrial fibrillation’. was published on 7th Jan in the European Heart Journal.