The diagnostic challenge of myocardial infarction in critically ill patients: do high-sensitivity troponin measurements add more clarity or more confusion?

Crit Care. 2014 Jun 5;18(3):148. doi: 10.1186/cc13909.


In ICU settings, the diagnosis and treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are challenging, partly because cardiac troponin increase occurs frequently. In the previous issue of Critical Care, Ostermann and colleagues reported that myocardial infarction (MI), screened by plasma troponin and electrocardiography changes, is common and often clinically unrecognized in the ICU. Although the clinical significance of underdiagnosed MIs remains unclear, this approach may help to target and further investigate the at-risk population for appropriate therapy.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hospital Mortality / trends*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / trends*
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / blood*
  • Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Patient Admission / trends*
  • Troponin T / blood*


  • Troponin T