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Am J Cardiol. 2007 Sep 1;100(5):764-9. Epub 2007 Jun 14.

Usefulness of detectable levels of troponin, below the 99th percentile of the normal range, as a clue to the presence of underlying coronary artery disease.

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Interventionelle Kardiologie Spandau, Berlin, Germany.


The aim of the study was to evaluate whether markers of myocardial injury and ischemia are helpful in detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with stable angina. Venous blood was obtained before and after a bicycle exercise test in 47 outpatients with suspected CAD for measurement of cardiac troponin I (cTnI), heart-type fatty acid binding protein, and glycogen phosphorylase BB. Patients with a coronary artery stenosis >/=70% in diameter (n = 33) were compared with patients with coronary narrowing <50% (controls, n = 14). None of the markers increased after bicycle exercise testing. cTnI measured before and after exercise was higher in the CAD group than in controls (p <0.001). The area under the curve for diagnosis was greater when the cTnI value was detectable than with stress testing alone. In conclusion, baseline cTnI was of value in detecting CAD and also during follow-up in predicting the need for further revascularization.

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