OBJECTIVES: We reviewed cardiac troponin (cTn) trends during non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE ACS) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in EARLY ACS and SYNERGY and studied the relationship between post-PCI cTn and mortality. BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of cTn post-PCI is controversial. In patients with NSTE ACS, it is especially difficult to distinguish between cTn elevations due to PCI or index myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Time and cTn (indexed by upper limit of normal [ULN]) data pairs were plotted for 10,199 patients and independently reviewed by 2 physicians to identify patients in whom post-PCI cTn elevation could be distinguished from that of index MI. Post-PCI cTn peak was identified for each plot, and its relationship with 1-year mortality was evaluated using Cox modeling, correcting for 15 clinical variables from the EARLY ACS 1-year mortality model (including baseline cTn). We used an identical methodology to assess the association between creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) and 1-year mortality. RESULTS: Patients with cTn (re)elevation post-PCI not evaluable were identified and excluded from further analysis (4198 [41%] with cTn rising prior to PCI; 229 [2%] with missing cTn). Among the remainder (N=5772 [57%]), in the multivariable model, peak cTn post-PCI was associated with a 7% increase in mortality (hazard ratio [HR] for 10x ULN increase, 1.07; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02-1.11; p=0.0038). Peak post-PCI CK-MB was significantly associated with 1-year mortality (HR for 1x ULN increase, 1.13; 95% CI, 1.05-1.21; p=0.0013). CONCLUSIONS: We used a methodology that differentiated post-PCI cTn (re)elevation from that of presenting MI in more than half of patients with NSTE ACS undergoing PCI. This identified a highly significant relationship between post-PCI cTn and 1-year mortality, with implication for both incorporating a cTn post-PCI MI definition and preventing PCI-related myonecrosis.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jacc.2013.04.043
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