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Predictors of cardiac troponin release after a marathon

Eijsvogels, TMH, Hoogerwerf, MD, Maessen, MFH, Seeger, JPH, Hopman, MTE, Thijssen, DHJ and George, KP (2015) Predictors of cardiac troponin release after a marathon. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18 (1). pp. 88-92. ISSN 1440-2440

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Objectives: Exercise leads to an increase in cardiac troponin I in healthy, asymptomatic athletes after a marathon. Previous studies revealed single factors to relate to post-race cardiac troponin I levels. Integrating these factors into our study, we aimed to identify independent predictors for the exercise-induced cardiac troponin I release. Design: Observational study. Methods: Ninety-two participants participated in a marathon at a self-selected speed. Demographic data, health status, physical activity levels and marathon experience were obtained. Before and immediately after the marathon fluid intake was recorded, body mass changes were measured to determine fluid balance and venous blood was drawn for analysis of high-sensitive cardiac troponin I. Exercise intensity was examined by recording heart rate. We included age, participation in previous marathons, exercise duration, exercise intensity and hydration status (relative weight change) in our model as potential determinants to predict post-exercise cardiac troponin I level. Results: Cardiac troponin I increased significantly from 14. ±. 12. ng/L at baseline to 94. ±. 102. ng/L post-race, with 69% of the participants demonstrating cardiac troponin I levels above the clinical cut-off value (40. ng/L) for an acute myocardial infarction. Linear backward regression analysis identified younger age (β=. -0.27) and longer exercise duration (β=. 0.23) as significant predictors of higher post-race cardiac troponin I levels (total r=. 0.31, p<. 0.05), but not participation in previous marathons, relative weight change and exercise intensity. Conclusions: We found that cardiac troponin I levels significantly increased in a large heterogeneous group of athletes after completing a marathon. The magnitude of this response could only be partially explained, with a lower age and longer exercise duration being related to higher post-race cardiac troponin I levels.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 15:58
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:36
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.12.002
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2694

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