New-Age Rapid Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Injury

  • Sina Y. Rabbany


The complications associated with heart disease inevitably progress toward heart failure. This occurs either when the heart fails to pump blood at a rate required or when the heart can do so only with an elevated filling pressure. It has been estimated that two million individuals in the United States are currently undergoing treatment for heart failure, and that 400,000 new cases occur annually. According to a recent American Heart Association report, about 1.5 million Americans suffer acute myocardial infarction (AMI) each year (1). Among the two thirds who survive an event of myocardial infarction, two thirds do not make a full recovery. The single most significant disease in terms of both mortality and morbidity, AMI accounts for one half of the nearly one million deaths each year by cardiovascular disease in patients who have had noncardiac surgery. In the United States, the economic burden of coronary artery disease (CAD) is estimated at $50 to 100 billion per year in medical interventions and lost wages (10,21).


Creatine Kinase Acute Myocardial Infarction Myocardial Injury Cardiac Troponin Skeletal Muscle Injury 
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