Objectives The aim of this study was to perform a meta-analysis of currently available data regarding the prognostic significance of soluble suppression of tumorigenecity–2 (sST2) concentration in acute heart failure (AHF). Background Concentration of sST2 may have prognostic value in AHF. A comprehensive assessment of all available studies regarding sST2 in AHF is lacking. Methods Three databases (MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, and Scopus) were searched. Inclusion criteria were follow-up studies, papers published in English, enrollment of patients with AHF, and availability of median hazard ratios for all-cause death and other outcome measures, when available. Results Ten studies were included, with a global population of 4,835 patients and a median follow-up duration of 13.5 months. The following global hazard ratios calculated for log2(sST2) were admission sST2 and all-cause death, 2.46 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.80 to 3.37; p < 0.001); discharge sST2 and all-cause death, 2.06 (95% CI: 1.37 to 3.11; p < 0.001); admission sST2 and cardiovascular death, 2.29 (95% CI: 1.41 to 3.73; p < 0.001); discharge sST2 and cardiovascular death, 2.20 (95% CI: 1.48 to 3.25; p < 0.001); admission sST2 and heart failure (HF) hospitalization, 1.21 (95% CI: 0.96 to 1.52; p = 0.060); discharge sST2 and HF hospitalization, 1.54 (95% CI: 1.03 to 2.32; p = 0.007); admission sST2 and all-cause death or HF hospitalization, 1.74 (95% CI: 1.24 to 2.45; p < 0.001); and discharge sST2 and all-cause death or HF hospitalization, 1.63 (95% CI: 1.14 to 2.33; p < 0.001). Conclusions Plasma sST2 has prognostic value with respect to all-cause and cardiovascular death as well as the composite outcome of all-cause death or HF hospitalization, with both admission and discharge values having prognostic efficacy. Discharge sST2, but not admission sST2, is predictive of HF rehospitalization during follow-up.
- acute heart failure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine