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Highly Sensitive Troponin Assays:
One Step Back and Two Steps Forward?

Date of Online Release: August 1, 2013
Termination Date:August 1, 2016
Credits: .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
See link to Course Materials below.

CME Information - Overview

This presenter will discuss current challenges related to interpreting troponin tests in patients with suspected MI. New, "high sensitivity" assays will be introduced, with critical examination of data for use of these assays in emergency department patients as well as emerging literature suggesting application to the outpatient setting. 

Educational Objectives
The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to-

  • Recognize conditions distinct from acute coronary syndromes that commonly lead to increased cardiac troponin levels, and develop strategies for evaluation of such patients. 
  • Prepare for the inevitable introduction of high sensitivity assays for troponins, by incorporating algorithms to reduce "rule out" times and reduce false positive tests. 
  • Determine whether new, highly sensitive assays have potential for improving risk stratification in the outpatient setting, among asymptomatic individuals.

Target Audience
The intended audience for this continuing medical education activity includes cardiologists, surgeons, internists, and researchers.

Method of Instruction / Participation
This online enduring material comprises slide sets with text and audio derived from a live cardiology grand rounds presentation with post activity assessment and evaluation.

Evaluation / Feedback
We value your feedback; please send your suggestions and comments to the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Texas Heart Institute, cme@texasheart.org.


James de Lemos, MD

James de Lemos, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Texas - Southwestern
Dallas, Texas 



Accreditation / Credit Designation 

Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute designates this educational activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated Study Time
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials and completion of the course assessment is 45 minutes.

Repurposing Statement
If you previously completed and received credit for the live CME-sponsored grand rounds entitled, Highly Sensitive Troponin Assays on June 7, 2013, please note that you will not receive credit for completing this activity. Participants who take part in an identical activity, even in order to validate learning or to clarify specific topics, cannot claim, nor will the Texas Heart Institute award, duplicate credit for the activity.

Disclosure of Relationships
It is the intent of the Texas Heart Institute to ensure that its educational mission and its continuing medical activities in particular, should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with its program.

Faculty Disclosure
In accordance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, faculty members have disclosed their relationships, with either the manufacturers of commercial products discussed, or the corporate organizations offering educational grants for the live continuing medical education activity.

Dr. de Lemos receives research grants from Roche Diagnostics and Abbott Diagnostics. He will discuss unlabeled or investigational uses of certain products.   

The Planning Committee has nothing to disclose
The THI CME Staff have nothing to disclose
The Program Reviewers have nothing to disclose.

Course Materials and CME Credit 

This online enduring material comprises one presentation. By clicking on the course materials link, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the CME information provided above. After viewing the presentation, you must complete an assessment and evaluation to obtain CME credit for this activity.

Course Materials

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