Monday, June 25, 2012

MEASURING TROPONIN T - An important indicator

Troponin T is a protein molecule that binds to tropomyosin.  It is measured in patients who have heart attacks-the higher the level the more damage to the heart.

A new study in JAMA(Journal of American Medical Association) showed that measuring troponin T levels after NON cardiac surgery may show which patients are at a high risk of dying with the first month of their surgery.  

So the study concluded that perhaps measuring troponin T after one’s surgery may be a tip off that there may be cardiac damage and the patient needs to be monitored more carefully or further studies may be needed.

As a Fort Myers plastic surgeon, I find this encouraging news.


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