Serum angiopoietin-1 concentration does not distinguish patients with ischaemic stroke from those presenting to hospital with ischaemic stroke mimics

Joseph V. Moxon, Ann-Katrin Kraeuter, James Phie, Sheryl Juliano, Georgina Anderson, Glenys Standley, Cindy Sealey, Richard P. White, Jonathan Golledge*

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Abstract

Background
A previous study found that circulating angiopoietin-1 (angpt-1) concentrations were significantly lower in patients who had a recent ischaemic stroke compared to healthy controls. The primary aim of this study was to assess whether serum angpt-1 could be used as a diagnostic test of ischemic stroke in patients presenting to hospital as an emergency. Exploratory analyses investigated the association of proteins functionally related to angpt-1 (angpt-2, Tie-2, matrix metalloproteinase-9 and vascular endothelial growth factors A, C and D) with ischaemic stroke diagnosis.

Methods
Patients presenting to Townsville University Hospital for emergency assessment of stroke-like symptoms were consecutively recruited and provided a blood sample. After assessment by a consultant neurologist, patients were grouped into those who did, or did not have ischaemic stroke. The potential for serum angpt-1 to diagnose ischaemic stroke was assessed using receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curves. Cross-sectional analyses appraised inter-group differences in the serum concentration of other proteins.

Results
One-hundred and twenty-six patients presenting to Townsville University Hospital for emergency assessment of stroke-like symptoms were recruited (median time from symptom onset to hospital presentation: 2.6 (inter-quartile range: 1.2–4.6) hours). Serum angpt-1 had poor ability to diagnose ischaemic stroke in analyses using the whole cohort, or in sensitivity analyses (area under the ROC curve 0.51 (95% CI: 0.41–0.62) and 0.52 (95% CI: 0.39–0.64), respectively). No associations of serum angpt-1 concentration with ischaemic stroke severity, symptom duration or aetiology were observed. Serum concentrations of the other assessed proteins did not differ between patient groups.

Conclusions
Serum angpt-1 concentration is unlikely to be useful for emergency diagnosis of ischaemic stroke.
Original languageEnglish
Article number462
Number of pages10
JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2022

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