Shanmuganathan, JWD, Kragholm, K, Tayal, B, Polcwiartek, C, Poulsen, LØ, El-Galaly, TC, Fosbøl, EL, D'Souza, M, Gislason, G, Køber, L, Schou, M, Nielsen, D, Søgaard, P, Torp-Pedersen, CT, Mamas, MA ORCID: and Freeman, P (2021) Risk for Myocardial Infarction Following 5-Fluorouracil Treatment in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer: A Nationwide Registry-Based Study. JACC: CardioOncology, 3 (5). 725 - 733.

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Background: Myocardial infarction is a cardiac adverse event associated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). There are limited data on the incidence, risk, and prognosis of 5-FU-associated myocardial infarction. Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the risk for myocardial infarction in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer treated with 5-FU compared with age- and sex-matched population control subjects without cancer (1:2 ratio). Methods: Patients with GI cancer treated with 5-FU between 2004 and 2016 were identified within the Danish National Patient Registry. Prevalent ischemic heart disease in both groups was excluded. Cumulative incidences were calculated, and multivariable regression and competing risk analyses were performed. Results: A total of 30,870 patients were included in the final analysis, of whom 10,290 had GI cancer and were treated with 5-FU and 20,580 were population control subjects without cancer. Differences in comorbid conditions and select antianginal medications were nonsignificant (P > 0.05 for all). The 6-month cumulative incidence of myocardial infarction was significantly higher for 5-FU patients at 0.7% (95% CI: 0.5%-0.9%) versus 0.3% (95% CI: 0.3%-0.4%) in population control subjects, with a competing risk for death of 12.1% versus 0.6%. The 1-year cumulative incidence of myocardial infarction for 5-FU patients was 0.9% (95% CI: 0.7%-1.0%) versus 0.6% (95% CI: 0.5%-0.7%) among population control subjects, with a competing risk for death of 26.5% versus 1.4%. When accounting for competing risks, the corresponding subdistribution hazard ratios suggested an increased risk for myocardial infarction in 5-FU patients, compared with control subjects, at both 6 months (hazard ratio: 2.10; 95% CI: 1.50-2.95; P < 0.001) and 12 months (hazard ratio: 1.39; 95% CI: 1.05-1.84; P = 0.022). Conclusions: Despite a statistically significantly higher 6- and 12-month risk for myocardial infarction among 5-FU patients compared with population control subjects, the absolute risk for myocardial infarction was low, and the clinical significance of these differences appears to be limited in the context of the significant competing risk for death in this population.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: cardiotoxicity; 5-fluorouracil; gastrointestinal cancer; myocardial; infarction
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC666 Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2022 13:31
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2022 15:35

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