Metformin therapy reduces the risk of malignancy after heart transplantation. Journal Article


Authors: Peled, Y; Lavee, J; Raichlin, E; Katz, M; Arad, M; Kassif, Y; Peled, A; Asher, E; Elian, D; Har-Zahav, Y; Shlomo, N; Freimark, D; Goldenberg, I; Klempfner, R
Article Title: Metformin therapy reduces the risk of malignancy after heart transplantation.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Malignancy and diabetes mellitus (DM) cause significant morbidity and mortality after heart transplantation (HTx). Metformin, one of the most commonly used anti-diabetic drugs worldwide, has also been shown to exhibit anti-tumor activity. We therefore investigated the association between metformin therapy and malignancy after HTx. METHODS: The study population comprised 237 patients who underwent HTx between 1991 and 2016 and were prospectively followed-up. Clinical data were recorded on prospectively designed forms. The primary outcome was any cancer recorded during 15 years of follow-up. Treatment with metformin and the development of DM after HTx were assessed as time-dependent factors in the analyses. RESULTS: Of the 237 study patients, 85 (36%) had diabetes. Of the DM patients, 48 (56%) were treated with metformin. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that, at 15 years after HTx, malignancy rate was 4% for DM patients treated with metformin, 62% for those who did not receive metformin and 27% for non-DM patients (log-rank test, p 0.0001). Consistently, multivariate analysis showed that for DM patients, metformin therapy was independently associated with a significant 90% reduction (hazard ratio = 0.10; 95% confidence interval 0.02 to 0.40; p = 0.001) in the risk of the development of a malignancy. DM patients who were treated with metformin had a markedly lower risk (65%; p = 0.001) for the development of a malignancy or death after HTx as compared with non-DM patients. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that metformin therapy is independently associated with a significant reduction in the risk of malignancy after HTx.
Journal Title: The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation
ISSN: 1557-3117; 1053-2498
Publisher: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Published by International Society for the Heart and Lung Transplantation  
Date Published: 2017