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The Benefits of the Troponin Cardiac Marker Test

written by: MandaSpring•edited by: Emma Lloyd•updated: 11/19/2009

Discover more about cardiac markers and their importance. This article takes a closer look into the troponin cardiac marker test and how it works to save lives.

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    What Are Cardiac Markers?

    Cardiac markers are a way for doctors to measure and evaluate heart function. So, what are these markers? Well, they used to be things such as enzymes but today most are not. Enzymes are still used, just not as often because there are better and more accurate methods. Of the entire list of current cardiac marker tests used, troponin remains to be the most common and the most effective.

    Troponin is often used in modern evaluations because it is the most specific test available. It is highly sensitive which means more accurate readings. Troponin is not a cardiac enzyme and it is far superior to other marker methods.

    Troponin is released when a myocardial injury occurs. The elevations are study to determine what the precise problem is and even calculate the size of an infarction. This makes the troponin cardiac marker test a much needed and highly regarded bio-tool.

    Depending on which cardio marker is used the process of elevation in the blood can take anywhere from two to twenty four hours of monitoring before an increase can be noticed and recorded. They are then determined in a lab and that can take time to complete. This means that in acute cases these markers can not help because they take too much time. ECG would then be more beneficial to the patient.

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    A Look into the Troponin Cardiac Marker Test

    The troponin cardiac marker test can be used to test for many types of heart disorders. Troponin is a very sensitive element that can indicate specific problems that doctors can not see. Because this deals with the heart countless lives are able to be saved through this technique.

    Cardiac troponin I and T are certain types of troponin that indicate the sort of damage that is done to the heart muscle. The blood is where the types and levels of troponin are measured. These tests can confidently rule out specific problems as well as present the correct issue to doctors. The elevation of the levels of troponin is what is measured and this is how the doctors are able to differentiate conditions.

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    The references used in this article are: Wikipedia, Biosite, Nanogen and