A blood test called troponin levels is used to see if a patient has a myocardial infarction ( heart attack) when the patient is experiencing chest pain. A study in Austria published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed a serious fact.

Cardiac troponin levels that are high but still within the “ normal range” appear to be a marker for increased cardiovascular risk, especially fatal CVD events. This is too early to see if this will effect clinical cardiology practices.

Does this mean we do not discharge from the ER when patients have high normal troponin levels ?

Until tomorrow…