Vitamin d, parathyroid hormone, and heart failure in a chinese elderly population.

Research paper by Yi Y Li, Chen C Chen, Hui Liang HL Liu, Geng G Qian

Indexed on: 08 Aug '14Published on: 08 Aug '14Published in: Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists


Heart failure (HF) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low vitamin D status has been shown to be associated with increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In this study, we examined the association between vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and HF in and elderly population in China.A population-based cross-sectional study was conducted in the spring of 2013 among 2,047 community-dwelling healthy individuals, aged 60 to 101 years. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) was measured using a chemiluminescence assay. PTH levels were measured with an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay.A total of 2,047 participants, including 1,121 women (54.7%), were evaluated in 2013. The median concentrations of serum 25(OH)D and PTH for the entire group were 16.1 ng/mL and 41.5 pg/mL, respectively. Serum 25(OH)D and PTH levels were associated with serum N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels and left ventricular ejection fraction in a multivariate adjusted linear regression analysis (P<.05). In logistic regression analyses, serum 25(OH)D and PTH levels were associated with a risk of HF in single and multiple regression models (P<.05). Compared with patients with 25(OH)D levels between 30.0 and 44.9 ng/mL, patients with 25(OH)D levels less than 10 ng/mL had a higher mean hazard ratio for HF (2.88; 95% confidence interval, 1.59 to 4.38).Serum 25(OH)D and PTH levels are independently associated with risk of HF in a Chinese elderly population.