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Implications of Introducing High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T Into Clinical Practice Data From the SWEDEHEART Registry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 65, no 16, 1655-1664 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin is the preferred biomarker for diagnosing myocardial infarction (MI). OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine the implications of introducing high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) into clinical practice and to define at what hs-cTnT level risk starts to increase. METHODS We analyzed data from 48,594 patients admitted because of symptoms suggesting an acute coronary syndrome and who were entered into a large national registry. Patients were divided into Group 1, those with hs-cTnT <6 ng/l; Group 2, those with hs-cTnT 6 to 13 ng/l; Group 3, those with hs-cTnT 14 to 49 ng/l (i.e., a group in which most patients would have had a negative cardiac troponin T with older assays); and Group 4, those with hs-cTnT >= 50 ng/l. RESULTS There were 5,790 (11.9%), 6,491 (13.4%), 10,476 (21.6%), and 25,837 (53.2%) patients in Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. In Groups 1 to 4, the proportions with MI were 2.2%, 2.6%, 18.2%, and 81.2%. There was a stepwise increase in the proportion of patients with significant coronary stenoses, left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and death during follow-up. When dividing patients into 20 groups according to hs-cTnT level, the adjusted mortality started to increase at an hs-cTnT level of 14 ng/l. CONCLUSIONS Introducing hs-cTnT into clinical practice has led to the recognition of a large proportion of patients with minor cardiac troponin increases (14 to 49 ng/l), the majority of whom do not have MI. Although a heterogeneous group, these patients remain at high risk, and the adjusted mortality rate started to increase at the level of the 99th percentile in healthy controls.

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2015. Vol. 65, no 16, 1655-1664 p.
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acute coronary syndrome, assay, chest pain, myocardial infarction
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252992DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.02.044ISI: 000353337300009PubMedID: 25908071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252992DiVA: diva2:812444
Available from: 2015-05-18 Created: 2015-05-18 Last updated: 2015-05-18Bibliographically approved

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