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Clin Res Cardiol. 2012 Oct;101(10):837-45. Epub 2012 May 25.

Diagnostic and prognostic performance of a novel high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T assay compared to a contemporary sensitive cardiac troponin I assay in patients with acute coronary syndrome.

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Medizinische Klinik, Abteilung für Innere Medizin III, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 410, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.



The study sought to compare the clinical performance of two more sensitive cardiac troponin (cTn) assays, a novel high-sensitivity (hs) troponin T assay and a contemporary cTnI assay.


We measured hs-cTnT (Roche TnThs) and cTnI (Siemens Centaur Ultra) on presentation in 1,384 patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent early invasive strategy within 24 h after presentation. Kaplan-Meier, Cox proportional hazards, and receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was used to compare their prognostic performance for the prediction of all-cause death and death/MI (myocardial infarction) after a median of 271 days. We also compared the diagnostic performance of these assays on presentation for early diagnosis of non-STEMI.


Both hs-cTnT and cTnI were independently predictive of long-term death (OR 3.51 vs. 2.19) and the composite of death/MI (OR 9.24 vs. 3.61), across the spectrum of ACS and in patients without ACS. When used as a continuous variable, ROC analysis demonstrated significantly higher areas under the curve (AUC) for hs-cTnT as compared to cTnI for the prediction of death/MI (0.721 vs. 0.672, P = 0.024), a trend to better prediction of all-cause death (0.721 vs. 0.672, P = 0.093) and significantly higher AUC for early diagnosis of non-STEMI (0.965 vs. 0.901, P < 0.001).


Using the 99th percentile cutoff for hs-cTnT and cTnI, both assays enable prediction of adverse long-term outcomes and earlier diagnosis of non-STEMI. Used as a continuous variable, the hs-cTnT assay showed superior performance compared to the cTnI assay, especially in regard to prognosis.

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