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Z Med Lab Diagn. 1990;31(3):181-4.

Trace element-hormone-relations in the early course of myocardial infarction.

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Institut für Klinische Chemie und Laboratoriumsdiagnostik, Bezirkskrankenhaus Dresden-Friedrichstadt.


In 30 patients suffered from acute myocardial infarction the serum levels of zinc, copper, cortisol, aldosterone, and triiodthyronine were determined. Zinc and triiodthyronine decrease, the other parameters increase. The serum levels of the tested parameters show a characteristic course within the first days after onset of myocardial infarction. There are significant differences between patients without complications and patients with complicated course inclusive of deaths. The differences exist already on the day of admission. Therefore we conclude zinc, copper, cortisol, and aldosterone levels as well as the course of T3 level are useful for prognosis of the clinical progress fo AMI. The tested parameters are helpful in differential diagnosis of chest pains caused by myocardial ischemia with or without myocardial infarction. The strong correlations between trace elements and hormones show new aspects due to the explanation of pathological alterations of serum levels in clinical medicine.

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