Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2000; 48(3): 140-144
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-9639
Original Cardiovascular
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Troponin-T in Patients with Unstable and Stable Angina Pectoris Undergoing Coronary Bypass Surgery

S. Bjessmo , T. Ivert
  • Department of Thoracic Surgery, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
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Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)

Background: Troponin-T is a sensitive indicator of minor myocardial damage during coronary bypass surgery. Methods: Troponin-T levels were assessed before and repeatedly for 64 hours after coronary bypass surgery in 100 patients with unstable and 100 with stable angina pectoris. Results: Postoperative troponin-T levels rose significantly within 6 hours followed by a decline until 64 hours. In unstable patients who had pain within two days and an acute myocardial infarction within two weeks before the operation (Braunwald class IIIC), Troponin-T rose to high levels that persisted for 64 h. Sixty-seven percent of these patients had an elevated troponin-T > 0.10 µg/l already before the operation and a perioperative myocardial infarction was recorded in 27 %. In contrast, postoperative troponin-T levels in remaining patients classified as unstable were similar to those in patients with stable angina. Elective operations in the control group were performed with a low risk of adverse postoperative events. Conclusions: Patients with Braunwald class IIIC unstable angina suffered to a great extent myocardial cell damage following coronary bypass surgery.


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