Elevations in cardiac troponin T are very common post-CABG, but the clinical significance of these elevations is unclear. In this prospective cohort of 847 CABG patients, the degree of troponin elevation was independently associated with death (OR 3.2), and the composite of death, need for vasopressors, or heart failure (OR 2.6). Post-CABG troponin elevations are associated with worse prognosis (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.