[Biological markers of myocardial necrosis]

Rev Esp Cardiol. 2003 Jul;56(7):703-20. doi: 10.1016/s0300-8932(03)76942-5.
[Article in Spanish]


New biological markers of myocardial injury have improved the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes. Among these markers, the most relevant are the cardiac troponins (troponin I and troponin T) because of their cardiospecificity, and myoglobin because of its combination of diagnostic sensitivity and usefulness for an early diagnosis. The serial analysis and combined use of both markers fulfill all diagnostic and prognostic requirements, and are helpful in indicating therapeutic strategies for acute coronary syndromes. However, these markers also have limitations, and their concentrations should always be interpreted in the light of the patient's clinical status.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / blood*
  • Coronary Disease / blood*
  • Coronary Disease / pathology*
  • Creatine Kinase / blood
  • Humans
  • Myocardium / pathology*
  • Myoglobin / blood
  • Necrosis
  • Troponin / blood


  • Biomarkers
  • Myoglobin
  • Troponin
  • Creatine Kinase