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Scott Med J. 2003 May;48(2):41-2.

Cardiac troponin T in female athletes during a two-day mountain marathon.

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British Olympic Medical Centre, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3UJ. robert.shave@boa.org.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Equivocal studies exist on the potential of cardiac damage following prolonged endurance exercise.

AIMS:

The aim of the study was to examine humoral markers of cardiac damage in female athletes during a 2-day mountain endurance race.

METHODS:

Venous blood samples were drawn from seven female competitors prior to, and immediately following day-1 and day-2 of the event. The serum was analysed for total creatine kinase (CK), creatine kinase isoenzyme MB (CKMB), and cardiac troponin T (cTnT).

RESULTS:

Elevations in CK and CKMB were apparent following day-1 of the event (mean +/- SD; CK 84.1 +/- 54.6 mg/L vs. 387 +/- 276.7 mg/L, CKMB 2 +/- 1.7 mg/L vs. 5.9 +/- 1.7 mg/L) and subsequently rose further following race completion (CK 743 +/- 500 mg/L, CKMB 11.9 +/- 4.9 mg/L). Elevations in cTnT were noted in three competitors following day-1 cTNT (range 0.013-0.044 mg/L) and remained elevated in two competitors following day-2 (range 0.014-0.017 mg/L).

CONCLUSIONS:

The elevations in cTnT likely represent release from the cytosolic fraction. The mechanism responsible for such release is yet to be elucidated.

PMID:
12774593
DOI:
10.1177/003693300304800204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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