Cardiac troponin I in SARS-CoV-2-patients: The additional prognostic value of serial monitoring

Clin Chim Acta. 2020 Dec:511:75-80. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2020.09.036. Epub 2020 Oct 1.


Background: Major cardiac complications have been described in SARS-CoV-2 patients. The study of cardiac troponin' kinetic release is the recommended approach to differentiate acute from chronic injury, in order to clinically manage different cardiac diseases.

Aim: To investigate whether serial measurements of high sensitivity troponin I (hs-cTnI) might provide additional information in SARS-CoV-2 patients's clinical management.

Methods: 113 consecutive patients suffering from microbiology proven SARS-CoV2-infection have been studied. Hs-cTnI has been measured in lithium-heparin plasma samples using STAT High Sensitive Troponin I (Architect i2000, Abbott Diagnostics), being 99th percentiles 16 and 34 ng/L for females and males respectively.

Results: In 69 out of 113 patients hs-cTnI has been measured, showing in 31 (45%) values higher than 99th percentiles in at least one occasion. In 50 patients (72%) a kinetic evaluation (at least 2 measurements during 24 h) has been carried out. Patients were subdivided into five groups: 1 (n = 44) and 2 (n = 19) no measurement of hs-cTnI or no monitoring respectively; 3 (n = 15) no significant variations during monitoring; 4 (n = 8) and 5 (n = 27) significant variations with values persistently below or sometimes higher than 99th percentiles, respectively. Group 5 patients had a longer hospital stay (median 37 days, p = 0.0001), a more aggressive disease (6 out of 27, 22%, died), more often need admission to ICU (n = 25, 92.6%, p < 0.0001), and show one or more peak values, sometime preceded by severe hypoxia.

Conclusions: In SARS-CoV-2 patients, hs-cTnI serial monitoring may provide additional data to stratify risk, establish prognosis and gaining epidemiological insight on cardiac involvement in this pandemic disease.

Keywords: Biomarkers; High-sensitivity Troponin I; Kinetic release; Prognosis; SARS-CoV-2 patients; Serial monitoring.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • COVID-19 / blood*
  • COVID-19 / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods
  • Prognosis
  • SARS-CoV-2 / isolation & purification*
  • Troponin I / blood*


  • Biomarkers
  • Troponin I