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Review Article

Biomarker Use for Cardiovascular Disorders in the Emergency Department

Volume 3, Jan 2014

Punam Chowdhury, MD, Alan Maisel, MD, San Diego, USA

Background: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Emergency department physicians make time-sensitive decisions of urgent treatment and hospitalization versus discharging patients with cardiovascular symptoms. This article will review the role of cardiovascular biomarkers in the emergency room. We will discuss standard biomarkers like troponins/high-sensitivity troponins, CK-MB, myoglobin and natriuretic peptides used in current emergency departments, as well as newer biomarkers that are showing strong data for possible use in the future. (J Clin Prev Cardiol. 2014;3(1):12-20)

Keywords: Cardiovascular biomarkers; emergency department; cardiovascular disease. 

Volume 3, Number 1, Pages: 13-20

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