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NICE advises routine high sensitivity troponin tests to rule out MI

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 02 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6503
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

All patients with acute chest pain who are assessed as having medium or high risk of a myocardial infarction (MI) should be given high sensitivity troponin blood tests, guidance from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises. This will allow doctors to make a diagnosis much more quickly and should allow many patients to be discharged earlier.1

Cardiac troponins are proteins released into the bloodstream when the heart muscle is damaged—for example, …

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