Association between cardiac troponin I and mortality in patients with COVID-19

Michela Salvatici, Barbara Barbieri, Sara Maria Giulia Cioffi, Emanuela Morenghi, Francesco Paolo Leone, Federica Maura, Giuseppe Moriello, Maria Teresa Sandri

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Background: Severe pneumonia is pathological manifestation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), however complications have been reported in COVID-19 patients with a worst prognosis. Aim of this study was to evaluate the role of high sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-TnI) in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Methods: we retrospectively analysed hs-TnI values measured in 523 patients (median age 64 years, 68% men) admitted to a university hospital in Milan, Italy, and diagnosed COVID-19. Results: A significant difference in hs-TnI concentrations was found between deceased patients (98 patients) vs discharged (425 patients) [36.05 ng/L IQR 16.5–94.9 vs 6.3 ng/L IQR 2.6–13.9, p < 0.001 respectively]. Hs-TnI measurements were independent predictors of mortality at multivariate analysis adjusted for confounding parameters such as age (HR 1.004 for each 10 point of troponin, 95% CI 1.002–1.006, p < 0.001). The survival rate, after one week, in patients with hs-TnI values under 6 ng/L was 97.94%, between 6 ng/L and the normal value was 90.87%, between the normal value and 40 ng/L was 86.98, and 59.27% over 40 ng/L. Conclusion: Increase of hs-TnI associated with elevated mortality in patients with COVID-19. Troponin shows to be a useful biomarker of disease progression and worse prognosis in COVID-19 patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-640
Number of pages7
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • cardiac troponin
  • COVID-19
  • hospitalization
  • mortality
  • serially measurements of hs-TnI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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