Cardiac troponin T in female athletes during a two-day mountain marathon

Scott Med J. 2003 May;48(2):41-2. doi: 10.1177/003693300304800204.


Background: Equivocal studies exist on the potential of cardiac damage following prolonged endurance exercise.

Aims: The aim of the study was to examine humoral markers of cardiac damage in female athletes during a 2-day mountain endurance race.

Methods: Venous blood samples were drawn from seven female competitors prior to, and immediately following day-1 and day-2 of the event. The serum was analysed for total creatine kinase (CK), creatine kinase isoenzyme MB (CKMB), and cardiac troponin T (cTnT).

Results: Elevations in CK and CKMB were apparent following day-1 of the event (mean +/- SD; CK 84.1 +/- 54.6 mg/L vs. 387 +/- 276.7 mg/L, CKMB 2 +/- 1.7 mg/L vs. 5.9 +/- 1.7 mg/L) and subsequently rose further following race completion (CK 743 +/- 500 mg/L, CKMB 11.9 +/- 4.9 mg/L). Elevations in cTnT were noted in three competitors following day-1 cTNT (range 0.013-0.044 mg/L) and remained elevated in two competitors following day-2 (range 0.014-0.017 mg/L).

Conclusions: The elevations in cTnT likely represent release from the cytosolic fraction. The mechanism responsible for such release is yet to be elucidated.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Creatine Kinase / blood
  • Creatine Kinase, MB Form
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Isoenzymes / blood
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Endurance / physiology*
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Troponin T / blood*


  • Isoenzymes
  • Troponin T
  • Creatine Kinase
  • Creatine Kinase, MB Form