New high-sensitivity troponin assays will reduce the threshold for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction (MI), as specified in the 2012 third Universal Definition of MI. They will also allow earlier diagnosis of MI, but serial testing is required for adequate specificity. They convey prognostic information in both MI and in other acute conditions. Interpretation of troponin results must be in combination with a full assessment of the clinical context.
This review discusses these concepts and developments in this area.
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