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Cardiology. 2005;103(4):169-73. Epub 2005 Mar 21.

Body temperature - a marker of infarct size in the era of early reperfusion.

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  • 1Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tikva, and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


We measured body temperature in 40 consecutive patients treated for a first ST elevation acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with primary percutaneous coronary interventions. Left ventricular function was assessed by echocardiography, and blood samples were drawn for highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), white blood cell (WBC) count, fibrinogen, creatine kinase (CK), and cardiac troponin I levels (cTnI). The median (25th, 75th quartiles) peak 24-hour temperature was 37.4 degrees C (36.9 degrees C, 37.6 degrees C). Variables significantly associated with peak 24-hour temperature were CK (p = 0.01, r = 0.42), wall motion index (p = 0.01, r = 0.41), hs-CRP (p = 0.01, r = 0.41), and cTnI (p = 0.03, r = 0.35). There was no significant correlation between peak 24-hour temperature and WBC count (p = 0.39, r = 0.14) and fibrinogen (p = 0.12, r = 0.21). Thus, peak 24-hour body temperature after ST elevation AMI probably reflects infarct size rather than a nonspecific inflammatory response.

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