Evangelos Giannitsis

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BACKGROUND We report the development of a novel high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) assay, a modification of the Roche fourth-generation cTnT assay, and validation of the analytical performance of this assay. METHODS Validation included testing of analytical sensitivity, specificity, interferences, and precision. We established the 99th(More)
Acute myocardial infarction is defined as myocardial cell death due to prolonged myocardial ischaemia. Cardiac troponins (cTn) are the most sensitive and specific biochemical markers of myocardial injury and with the new high-sensitivity troponin methods very minor damages on the heart muscle can be detected. However, elevated cTn levels indicate cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND High-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays are being introduced clinically for earlier diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We evaluated the analytical performance of a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T assay (hscTnT, Roche Diagnostics) in a multicenter, international trial. METHODS Three US and 5 European sites evaluated hscTnT on(More)
CONTEXT Introduction of highly sensitive troponin assays into clinical practice has substantially improved the evaluation of patients with chest pain. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the diagnostic performance of a highly sensitive troponin I (hsTnI) assay compared with a contemporary troponin I (cTnI) assay and their serial changes in the diagnosis of acute(More)
BACKGROUND The most effective magnitude and timing of antiplatelet therapy is important in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We investigated whether the results of primary coronary angioplasty (PCI) can be improved by the early administration of the glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blocker tirofiban at first medical contact in the(More)
OBJECTIVE Owing to its variable clinical course, risk stratification is of paramount importance in non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The goal of this study was to investigate the long-term prognostic significance of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) as detected by contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CE-CMR) in patients with DCM.(More)
Kristian Thygesen*, Johannes Mair, Evangelos Giannitsis, Christian Mueller, Bertil Lindahl, Stefan Blankenberg, Kurt Huber, Mario Plebani, Luigi M. Biasucci, Marco Tubaro, Paul Collinson, Per Venge, Yonathan Hasin, Marcello Galvani, Wolfgang Koenig, Christian Hamm, Joseph S. Alpert, Hugo Katus, and Allan S. Jaffe, the Study Group on Biomarkers in Cardiology(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin T (cTnT) is a sensitive and specific marker, allowing the detection of even minor myocardial cell injury. In patients with severe pulmonary embolism (PE), myocardial ischemia may lead to progressive right ventricular dysfunction. It was therefore the purpose of this study to test the presence of cTnT and its prognostic(More)
The release of cardiomyocyte components, i.e. biomarkers, into the bloodstream in higher than usual quantities indicates an ongoing pathological process. Thus, detection of elevated concentrations of cardiac biomarkers in blood is a sign of cardiac injury which could be due to supply-demand imbalance, toxic effects, or haemodynamic stress. It is up to the(More)
BACKGROUND Increased cardiac troponins in blood are observed after virtually every open heart surgery, indicating perioperative myocardial cell injury. We sought to determine the optimum time point for blood sampling and the respective cutoff value of cardiac troponin T (cTnT) for risk assessment in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS In a series(More)