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What causes elevated troponin I enzymes?

my mother is 65 yrs of age. Hx of COPD, mild in severity and treated with inhalers prn. She also takes cholesterol medicine. She has been to the physician with elevated Tryponin I enzymes but with no symptoms of mycardial disease. Why would her levels be hight
Tue, 7 Nov 2017
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Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Troponin I is an enzyme secreted by heart muscles.
So it is highly specific for you heart diseases.
Hence elevated Trop I levels are almost always suggestive of ischemic heart disease (IHD).
Symptoms can be absent in some patients.
Your mother is also a high risk (COPD plus dyslipidemia).
So in my opinion, you should definitely get done stress test and coronary angiography in your mother.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your mother. Thanks.
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