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High Troponin Levels

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

High troponin levels can be a sign of a heart attack or other heart damage. Troponins are muscle proteins, and some are only found in the heart muscle. Damage to the heart causes troponin to be released into the bloodstream. Blood tests check for troponin. Healthcare providers will talk to you about next steps based on your test results. You may need more tests. Your condition may need to be monitored if you are at high risk for a heart attack. Your doctor or other providers can also help you create a plan to improve or maintain your heart health.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

  • You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:
    • Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest
    • You may also have any of the following:
      • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
      • Shortness of breath
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have known angina and it is happening more often, lasting longer, or causing worse pain.
  • You have shortness of breath at rest.

Call your doctor or cardiologist if:

  • You have new or worse swelling in your feet or ankles.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

For support and more information:

  • American Heart Association
    7272 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas , TX 75231-4596
    Phone: 1- 800 - 242-8721
    Web Address: http://www.heart.org

Follow up with your doctor or cardiologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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