Early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in the elderly using more sensitive cardiac troponin assays

Reiter, Miriam and Twerenbold, Raphael and Reichlin, Tobias and Haaf, Philip and Peter, Frederico and Meissner, Julia and Hochholzer, Willibald and Stelzig, Claudia and Freese, Michael and Heinisch, Corinna and Breidthardt, Tobias and Freidank, Heike and Winkler, Katrin and Campodarve, Isabel and Gea, Joaquim and Mueller, Christian. (2011) Early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in the elderly using more sensitive cardiac troponin assays. European heart journal, Vol. 32, H. 11. pp. 1379-1389.

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Aims To examine the diagnostic accuracy of sensitive cardiac troponin (cTn) assays in elderly patients, since elevated levels with sensitive cTn assays were reported in 20% of elderly patients without acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods and results In this multi-centre study, we included 1098 consecutive patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of AMI, 406 (37%) were <70 years old. Measurement of three investigational sensitive cTn assays [Roche high-sensitive cTnT (hs-cTnT), Siemens cTnI-Ultra, and Abbott-Architect cTnI) and the standard assay (Roche cTnT) was performed in a blinded fashion. The final diagnosis was adjudicated by two independent cardiologists. Acute myocardial infarction was the adjudicated final diagnosis in 24% of elderly patients. Among elderly patients without AMI, baseline cTn levels were elevated above the 99th percentile in 51% with Roche hs-cTnT, in 17% with Siemens TnI-Ultra, and 13% with Abbott-Architect cTnI. The diagnostic accuracy as quantified by the area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve (AUC) was significantly greater for the sensitive cTn assays compared with the standard assay (AUC for Roche hs-cTnT, 0.94; Siemens cTnI-Ultra, 0.95; and Abbott-Architect cTnI, 0.95 vs. AUC for the standard assay, 0.90; P > 0.05 for comparisons). The best cut-offs for the sensitive cTn-assays determined by the ROC-curve in elderly patients differed clearly from those in younger patients. Furthermore, the prognostic value regarding 90-day mortality varied among the sensitive cTn assays. Conclusion Sensitive cTn assays have high diagnostic accuracy also in the elderly. Mild elevations are common in elderly non-AMI patients, therefore the optimal cut-off levels are substantially higher in elderly as compared with younger patients. Furthermore, sensitive cTn assays yielded different prognostic value (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00470587).
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Kardiologie
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Kardiologie
UniBasel Contributors:Reichlin, Tobias
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Oxford University Press
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