Author(s): Lucreziotti S, Foroni C, Fiorentini C
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Abstract Despite the number of technologies used, the diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction is still a challenge. Studies conducted in surgical series have demonstrated that cardiac troponins (cTns) have both a superior diagnostic sensitivity and specificity, compared with other traditional techniques, and an independent power to predict short- and long-term prognosis. Nevertheless, some points need to be clarified. They include the usefulness of cTns in patients with end-stage renal failure; the standardization of the cTns cut-off for the diagnosis of myocardial injury; the timing of postoperative blood samplings; the cost-effectiveness of a screening in asymptomatic patients; and the possible therapeutic strategies.
This article was published in J Intern Med
and referenced in Angiology: Open Access