Abstract Title:

Is there any link between vitamin D deficiency and vasovagal syncope?

Abstract Source:

J Arrhythm. 2020 Apr ;36(2):371-376. Epub 2020 Feb 10. PMID: 32256891

Abstract Author(s):

Songül Usalp, Hatice Kemal, Ümit Yüksek, Belma Yaman, Aziz Günsel, Oğuzhan Edebal, Onur Akpınar, Levent Cerit, Hamza Duygu

Article Affiliation:

Songül Usalp


Background: This study aimed to investigate serum 25[OH]D levels between patients with vasovagal syncope (VVS) diagnosed with head-up tilt table test (HUTT) and age-matched healthy people.

Methods: The study included 75 consecutive patients (32.3 ± 10.7 years), who presented with syncope and underwent HUTT and 52 healthy controls (32.9 ± 14.1 years). HUTT patients were divided into two groups according to whether there was syncope response to the test. Patients underwent cardiac, psychiatric, and neurological investigation. Serum 25[OH]D levels were measured by chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay method.

Results: There was no difference between the two groups in terms of age, gender, body mass index (BMI), echocardiographic findings ( > .05). Mean serum 25[OH]D (24.5 ± 6.3 vs 20.1 ± 8.8 ng/mL, = .003) and vitamin B12 levels (436.4 ± 199.2 vs 363.1 ± 107.6 pg/mL, = .009) was lower in syncope patients when compared to the control group. In correlation analyses, syncope was shown as correlated with the vitamin D ( = -264, = .003) and vitamin B12 levels ( = -233, = .009). But, multivariate regression analyses showed that only vitamin D increased risk of syncope [OR: 0.946, 95% CI (0.901-0.994)]. There was no difference in terms of age, gender, BMI, echocardiographic findings between the in HUTT positive (n = 45) and negative groups (n = 29). Only vitamin D level was significantly lower in HUTT positive group (17.5 ± 7.7 vs 24.4 ± 9.1 ng/mL, = .002). There was no difference among in the vasovagal subgroups in terms of vitamin D level and other features.

Conclusion: Vitamin D and B12 levels were reasonably low in syncope patients, but especially low Vitamin D levels were associated with VVS diagnosed in HUTT.

Study Type : Human Study

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