Serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor and risk of atrial fibrillation

Faisal Rahman, Jayandra J. Himali, Xiaoyan Yin, Alexa S. Beiser, Patrick T. Ellinor, Steven A. Lubitz, Ramachandran S. Vasan, Jared W. Magnani, David D. McManus, Sudha Seshadri, Emelia J. Benjamin

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is expressed by endothelial cells and can affect cardiovascular function. We examined if serum BDNF was associated with risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Framingham Heart Study. Methods We studied individuals without an AF diagnosis at baseline from the Framingham original and offspring cohorts. We used age- and sex-adjusted, and multivariable-adjusted Cox proportional hazards regression models to examine the association of serum BDNF concentrations with 10-year risk of incident AF. Results We studied 3,457 participants (mean age 65 ± 11 years, 58% women). During follow-up, 395 participants developed AF. In unadjusted analysis, higher mean serum BDNF concentration was associated with lower incidence of AF (hazard ratio 0.89 per SD, 95% CI 0.80-0.99). In multivariable-adjusted analyses, serum BDNF concentration was not significantly associated with incident AF (hazard ratio 0.98 per SD, 95% CI 0.88-1.09). Compared with the lowest quartile, BDNF levels in the other quartiles were not associated with risk of AF in multivariable-adjusted analyses. No interactions between sex or age with serum BDNF concentrations and risk of AF were found. Conclusions In our prospective, community-based sample, we did not find a statistically significant association of serum BDNF levels with risk of incident AF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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