The importance of ECGs in interpreting troponin

Faster, more accurate answers for patients with acute coronary syndrome

The development of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays has helped to triage patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) faster and more accurately than past assays. At the same time, understanding how to interpret and respond to various value changes can be difficult.

In this episode of Mayo Clinic’s “Cardiovascular CME” podcast, Allan Jaffe, M.D., professor of Medicine, professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and consultant in Cardiology and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, joins host Anthony Kashou, M.D., to discuss how electrocardiograms can help clinicians interpret high-sensitivity cardiac troponin levels in ACS patients.

Specific topics of discussion include:

  • How to best use high-sensitivity cardiac troponin levels in suspected ACS cases, and the use of ECGs in those cases.
  • How the evaluation of cardiac troponin levels can be performed in various patient populations:
    • Acutely ill
    • Postoperative
    • Chronic medical conditions

Listen to the full episode here.

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Cory Pedersen (@cpedersen)

Cory Pedersen

Cory Pedersen is a senior marketing specialist for Mayo Clinic Laboratories.