Author(s): Deliargyris EN, Raymond RJ, Theoharides TC, Boucher WS, Tate DA,
Abstract Share this page
Abstract This study examines the source of elevated interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and congestive heart failure (CHF). IL-6 is elevated in the peripheral blood of patients with ACS and CHF, but it is not known if this proinflammatory cytokine is from a cardiac or extracardiac source. Blood samples were obtained from the femoral artery, femoral vein, left main coronary artery, and coronary sinus in 57 patients during cardiac catheterization. IL-6 levels from 12 patients with ACS and 12 patients with CHF were compared with the IL-6 levels in 33 patients who had neither of these clinical conditions. Median IL-6 levels in the peripheral and coronary circulation were a minimum fivefold higher in patients with ACS or CHF relative to control patients. An elevated transcardiac IL-6 gradient (coronary sinus-left main level) was present in patients with ACS (median 5.2; 25th and 75th percentiles 3.9 and 29.3 pg/ml, respectively) compared with control patients (median 0, -0.7 and 0.5 pg/ml; p < 0.001), but not in patients with CHF (median 0.4, -0.7 and 3.5 pg/ml; p = NS). Elevated IL-6 levels in patients with ACS derive from a cardiac source, presumably from "inflamed" coronary plaques and areas of myocardial necrosis, whereas elevated levels in patients with CHF are most likely the result of extracardiac production.
This article was published in Am J Cardiol
and referenced in International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy