Int J Cardiol. 2017 Feb 10. pii: S0167-5273(16)32158-1.
Kunutsor SK(1), Kurl S(2), Khan H(3), Zaccardi F(4), Laukkanen JA(5).
BACKGROUND: Oxygen uptake (VO2) at ventilatory threshold (VT), is a
cardiopulmonary exercise testing parameter which may be a proxy for peak VO2. We
aimed to assess the associations of VO2 at VT with sudden cardiac death (SCD),
fatal coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and
METHODS AND RESULTS: VO2 at VT was assessed during a submaximal exercise test
using respiratory gas analyzers in the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease cohort of
1639 middle-aged men. Hazard ratios (HRs) (95% CIs) were assessed. During a
median follow-up of 25.6years, 121 SCDs, 202 fatal CHDs, 312 fatal CVDs, and 703
all-cause mortality events occurred. VO2 at VT was correlated with peak VO2
(r=0.90) and linearly associated with each outcome. Comparing extreme quartiles
of VO2 at VT, the HRs (95% CIs) for SCD, fatal CHD, fatal CVD, and all-cause
mortality on adjustment for established risk factors were 0.37 (0.18-0.78), 0.32
(0.18-0.57), 0.45 (0.30-0.69), and 0.50 (0.38-0.64) respectively. The HRs were
1.02 (0.36-2.91), 1.43 (0.63-3.25), 1.46 (0.79-2.71), and 1.02 (0.69-1.51)
respectively on further adjustment for peak VO2. Addition of VO2 at VT to a CVD
mortality risk prediction model containing established risk factors significantly
improved risk discrimination and reclassification at 25years.
CONCLUSIONS: There are linear and inverse associations of VO2 at VT with fatal
cardiovascular and all-cause mortality events, which are dependent on peak VO2.
Inclusion of VO2 at VT in the standard established risk factors panel
significantly improves the prediction and classification of long-term CVD