Correlation Between the Complexity of Coronary Lesions and High-Sensitivity Troponin Levels in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome

Abstract Background: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Brazil. Biochemical markers have diagnostic and prognostic importance in acute coronary syndromes (ACSs), with troponin as the preferred biomarker. Studies have already demonstrated a positive relationship between increased levels of high-sensitivity troponin (hsTn) and prognosis. However, few studies have correlated hsTn levels with the complexity of coronary lesions. Objectives: To compare hsTn levels with the complexity of coronary lesions according to the SYNTAX score, and to correlate the levels of this biomarker with the TIMI and GRACE scores in patients with ACS. Methods: Retrospective, cross-sectional study with 174 patients with ACS. The correlation between variables was assessed by the nonparametric Spearman's rank correlation, and statistical analysis was performed by the SPSS program, with a significance level of 5%. Results: Mean age was 63 years, and most patients were women (52.9%), hypertensive, non-diabetic and nonsmokers. Nineteen percent of the patients had STEMI, 43.1% NSTEMI, and 36.8% unstable angina. Most were in Killip 1 (82.8%). Median hsTn was 67 pg/mL. Median risk scores were 3, 121 and 3 in the TIMI, GRACE and SYNTAX scores, respectively. There was a correlation of hsTn with SYNTAX (p <0.001, r = 0.440), TIMI (p < 0.001, r = 0.267) and GRACE (p = 0.001, r = 0.261) scores. Conclusion: A positive linear correlation was found of hsTn levels with the complexity of coronary lesions, and with the TIMI and GRACE clinical scores. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2018; [online].ahead print, PP.0-0)