Age-related differences in hs-cTnI concentration in healthy adults.


ACT Pathology, The Canberra Hospital, Garran, ACT 2605, Australia; Australian National University Medical School, Garran, ACT 2605, Australia. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : Because the 99th percentile is of such importance in defining myocardial injury and myocardial infarction, it is important to know whether there are real age-related differences in troponin 99th percentiles.
METHODS : We went to our database from the Canberra Heart Study where 1062 apparently healthy subjects were extensively screened for occult cardiac disease, and looking at persons aged <65 years and >65 years, for men and women separately, we compared a variety of cutpoints from the 99th percentile down to the 50th percentile.
RESULTS : With our rigorous criteria for defining cardiac health, we excluded 67.2% of males aged >65 years and 53.8% of women aged 65 years and older. Even with these rigorous exclusions we found that at every cutpoint examined between the 99th percentile and the 50th percentile, persons aged <65 years had lower troponin I concentrations that persons aged 65 years and older. Similarly, at every cutpoint examined, women had lower troponin I concentrations than did men. For the 4 separate groups examined (men and women, age < 65 years and 65 years and older) after the exclusions of persons with subclinical cardiac disease, the distributions were not significantly different to a Gaussian distribution.
CONCLUSIONS : With the rigorous exclusions of persons with subclinical cardiac disease, and the fact that our populations have a Gaussian distribution, our data suggests that age-related hs-cTnI concentrations are real. This has important implications particularly when assessing older persons in the Emergency Department.


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