The Predictive Role of Cardiac Troponin in Non-cardiac Surgery: A Study in the Greek Population

Introduction The incidence of postoperative myocardial ischemia (POMI) remains uncertain and underdiagnosed despite significant morbidity and mortality rates. Methods This study included patients who underwent non-cardiac surgery. Troponin T (TnT) was measured on the first three postoperative days. The revised cardiac risk index, HAS-BLED (hypertension, abnormal renal/liver function, stroke, bleeding history or predisposition, labile international normalized ratio (INR), elderly, drugs/alcohol concomitantly) bleeding score, and CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), vascular disease, age 65 to 74 years, sex category) score were combined. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to estimate the discriminative ability of preoperative troponin for myocardial ischemia (MI). Results Of 105 patients with a mean age of 69.1 years, 32.4% had MI. Hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia were the main risk factors. A ROC analysis indicated that a preoperative value of 17.2 pg/ml or higher of troponin was significantly associated with MI. Moreover, a higher CHA2DS2-VASc score was associated with POMI. Conclusions POMI is associated with high mortality and a long stay in the intensive care unit. Routine use of different scores before surgery can be very useful.


cardiac troponin; myocardial infarction; prognosis; risk; surgery.

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