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Can elevated Troponin levels lead to severe chest pain?

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Dr. Erion Spaho

Neurologist, Surgical

Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 in Headache and Migraines
Question: My mother has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for about 2 years. She was just admitted to the hospital for chest pain. A negative nuclear stress test ruled out any heart related issues but her discharge papers indicate elevated Troponin levels. What would be a reason for this?
Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho 8 hours later
Brief Answer:

Other conditions may increase troponins.

Detailed Answer:


Troponin levels may be increased by other conditions besides cardiac ischemia or infarction.

Some of these conditions are cardiac arrhythmias, aortic valve disease, pulmonary embolism, stroke, etc.

Even a tachycardia may cause moderately elevated troponins.

A nuclear stress test can exclude only the ischemia or infarctions of the cardiac muscles but is not specific about the evaluation of these other conditions that may cause elevated troponins.

So, if this increase of troponins is judged serious by your mother's Doctor (in the setting of the clinical condition also), a further evaluation about above-mentioned conditions is necessary.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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