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There is a test that may help you answer this question, using a blood sample.
Take control of your heart health today with the High Sensitive Troponin-I blood test that helps assess the risk of a future cardiac disease.
Elevated troponin levels in bloodstream of apparently healthy individuals may suggest an increased risk of future cardiovascular disease.2,3 Consult your doctor for more information.
Such mild increases can only be detected by a High Sensitive Troponin-I test.4
High Sensitive Troponin-I is a very sensitive test that can detect even low levels of troponin I in the blood.4
This high sensitive test when used alongside other clinical and diagnostic findings, can not only diagnose a heart attack but also helps identify future cardiac risk in people without symptoms.3–5
For people with Chest pain, troponin-I is used together with other symptoms and electrocardiograms to diagnose a heart attack.1,5
In apparently healthy people, the High Sensitive Troponin-I test has been proven to be useful in assessing risk of future cardiovascular diseases. 2,3,5
Knowing your risk may help you and your physician plan and implement measures to help prevent a future heart attack.6,7
There are online risk calculators your doctor can use to evaluate risk of future cardiovascular events in people who appear healthy. Most calculators are based on different patient variables such as age, sex, total cholesterol, smoking status, blood pressure level, and other factors. These tools, however, lack cardiac specific information and may be highly dependent on age and may overestimate or underestimate the risk of cardiovascular disease.6 The High Sensitive Troponin-I is a cardiac specific blood test for risk estimation in apparently healthy people. The High Sensitive Troponin-I test may be used, in conjunction with clinical and diagnostic findings, to aid in stratifying the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease in individuals who appear healthy.5
Measures such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol are indirect methods of assessing one’s risk of a future heart attack – they do not measure the condition of the heart muscle directly.4,5 Troponin-I is a protein released directly from the heart. Therefore, the High Sensitive Troponin-I blood test can be added to conventional methods by physicians to more accurately assess the risk among apparently healthy individuals, who is likely to be at low, moderate or elevated risk for future adverse cardiac events. 5
1 - Thygesen K, et al. Eur Heart J. ehy462, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehy462.
2 - Everett BM, et al. Circulation. 2015 May 26;131(21):1851–1860.
3 - Blankenberg S, et al. Eur Heart J. 2016 Aug 7;37(30):2428–2437.
4 - Apple FS, et al. Clin Chem. 2012 Nov;58(11):1574-1581.
5 - Abbott’s High Sensitive Troponin-I Test Package Insert.
6 - Piepoli MF, et al. Eur Heart J. 2016;37:2315–2381.
7 - Xiaoming Jia, et al. Circulation. 2019;139:00–00.
8 - Roth GA, et al. Global, regional, and national burden of cardiovascular diseases for 10 causes, 1990 to 2015. J Am Coll Surg. 2017;70(1):1–25.
9 - Cardiovascular Diseases Fact Sheet. World Health Organization, May 2017. Website: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds).
Troponin I results should be interpreted along with other clinical and diagnostic information, as well as clinical judgement. This material is for informational purpose only and it doesn’t replace the advice or counsel of a doctor or healthcare professional. You should consult with, and rely on the advice of your physician or healthcare professional. Any condition resulting in myocardial injury can potentially increase cardiac troponin I levels.
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