The effects of golimumab treatment on systolic and diastolic left ventricular function in ankylosing spondylitis
Authors Heslinga SC, Konings TC, van der Horst-Bruinsma IE, Kamp O, van Halm VP, de Bruin-Bon HACM, Peters MJ, Nurmohamed MT
Received 10 June 2018
Accepted for publication 11 September 2018
Published 8 November 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 143—149
Checked for plagiarism Yes
Review by Single-blind
Peer reviewer comments 2
Editor who approved publication: Dr Doris Benbrook
SC Heslinga,1,2 TC Konings,3 IE van der Horst-Bruinsma,1,2 O Kamp,3 VP van Halm,3,4 HACM de Bruin-Bon,4 MJ Peters,5 MT Nurmohamed1,2
1Department of Rheumatology, Amsterdam Rheumatology and Immunology Center, Reade, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 2Department of Rheumatology, Amsterdam Rheumatology and Immunology Center, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 3Department of Cardiology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 4Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 5Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Background: Diastolic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction appears more prevalent in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The effects of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) blocking therapy, a strong and effective anti-inflammatory drug, on diastolic LV function in AS are unknown. The objective of the study was to find the effects of 1-year treatment with golimumab 50 mg subcutaneously once per month on systolic and diastolic LV dysfunction in AS patients.
Methods: Forty consecutive AS patients were treated with TNF-α blocking therapy for 1 year. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed in all patients at baseline and after 1 year of treatment.
Results: Diastolic LV function improved after treatment in four out of six (67%) AS patients who completed follow-up (P=0.125), and did not develop or worsen in any of the other patients. Treatment with TNF-α blocking therapy had no effect on systolic LV function.
Conclusion: These findings give support to the hypothesis that diastolic LV dysfunction improves during treatment with TNF-α blocking therapy.
Keywords: ankylosing spondylitis, cardiovascular disease, anti-TNF
This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at https://www.dovepress.com/terms.php and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.Download Article [PDF] View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]