High-sensitive cardiac troponin T as a marker of hemorrhagic complications in elderly patients anticoagulated for non-massive pulmonary embolism.

Simona, Aurélien; Limacher, Andreas; Méan, Marie; Golaz, Olivier; Bounameaux, Henri; Aujesky, Drahomir; Righini, Marc; Vuilleumier, Nicolas (2020). High-sensitive cardiac troponin T as a marker of hemorrhagic complications in elderly patients anticoagulated for non-massive pulmonary embolism. Thrombosis research, 185, pp. 5-12. Elsevier 10.1016/j.thromres.2019.11.006

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BACKGROUND Recent data have raised concerns about the risk/benefit ratio of thrombolysis in non-high risk pulmonary embolism patients due to increased serious bleeding events. Whether cardiac biomarkers could be of help for bleeding risk stratification in this setting remains elusive. OBJECTIVES To determine the prognostic accuracy of hs-cTnT, NT-proBNP, RIETE and PESI score for the occurrence of clinically relevant bleeding (CRB) in elderly patients under conventional anticoagulation therapy for non-massive pulmonary embolism (NMPE). METHODS We evaluated 230 elderly patients with available blood sample taken within one day from diagnosis. The primary study endpoint was CRB at 1, 3 and 24 months. Prognostic accuracies and associations were determined using C-statistics and subhazard ratios (SHR), respectively. RESULTS hs-cTnT displayed the highest discriminatory power at 1 month (C-statistics: 0.77, 95% CI: 0.68-0.88) which remained stable over time. Although C-statistics comparison indicated that hs-cTnT was not statistically superior to RIETE score (0.77 vs 0.67, p = 0.11), adding hs-cTnT to RIETE score significantly improved the C-statistics from 0.67 to 0.78 (p = 0.02). SHRs indicated that for each hs-cTnT log-unit increase, there was a 58% increase in the risk of CRB independently of the RIETE score (adjusted SHR: 1.58, 95% CI: 1.31-1.92). At the pre-specified cut-off of 14 ng/l, the negative predictive value of hs-cTnT was 96.9% (95% CI: 91.4-99.0) and 94.9 (95%CI: 88.6-97.8) at 1 and 3 months, respectively. CONCLUSION In elderly, hs-cTnT provides incremental prognostic information over the RIETE score and could represent a valuable tool to identify NMPE patients at low risk of bleeding.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > CTU Bern

UniBE Contributor:

Limacher, Andreas and Aujesky, Drahomir


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health






[4] Swiss National Science Foundation




Andrea Flükiger-Flückiger

Date Deposited:

03 Dec 2019 15:11

Last Modified:

17 Dec 2019 15:21

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Brain Hemorrhage Natriuretic peptide Pulmonary embolism RIETE score Troponin T





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