The Troponin I test is helpful in the diagnosis and monitoring of heart injury or an attack. When a patient exhibits symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest discomfort, fast heart rate, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and shortness of breath, this test is recommended.
Troponin I is the preferred test for a suspected heart attack or to monitor angina (a disorder that produces chest pain by limiting blood supply to the heart). It is more specific to heart damage, and the levels remain elevated for a longer period of time. It aids in preventing further heart damage and reducing the risk of future heart attacks.
Since it is an accurate test, Troponin I is unique to cardiac muscle; skeletal muscle injury does not affect the test. Also, injections, accidents, and medicines that can harm muscles do not affect cardiac troponin levels.
This test may also be utilized if you have been diagnosed with a heart attack and are being treated at a hospital. Typically, testing is conducted twice or more throughout 24 hours. This is done to examine if the troponin levels change over time.