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ST-segment elevation in ECG combined with elevated high sensitive troponin-I is associated with worse long-term prognosis in ICU patients

Session Poster Session 2

Speaker Tuija Sabell

Event : Heart Failure 2018

  • Topic : heart failure
  • Sub-topic : Acute Heart Failure: Biomarkers
  • Session type : Poster Session

Authors : T Javanainen (Paris,FR), R Cinotti (Paris,FR), K Cerlinskaite (Paris,FR), S Ishihara (Paris,FR), E Akiyama (Paris,FR), N Vodovar (Paris,FR), E Gayat (Paris,FR), A Mebazaa (Paris,FR)

T Javanainen1 , R Cinotti1 , K Cerlinskaite1 , S Ishihara1 , E Akiyama1 , N Vodovar1 , E Gayat1 , A Mebazaa1 , 1Hospital Lariboisiere, Inserm UMR-S 942 and Anesthesia and Critical Care Department - Paris - France ,



In critically ill patients, ST-segment elevation (STE) in ECG has been poorly described and its association with long-term outcome is unknown.


The aim was to investigate the incidence of STE and its association with 1-year mortality in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients.


The FROG-ICU (NCT 01367093) is a prospective, observational study in 2087 patients, conducted in 21 ICUs in 14 European hospitals. In this sub-study, patients with at least one ECG available during the first 3 days after ICU admission were included. ECGs were analysed digitally and STE was defined according to the Third Universal Definition (1). High sensitive troponin-I (hs-TnI) was measured at inclusion. Three groups of patients were created: 1) No STE and normal hs-TnI. 2) Either STE or elevated hs-TnI. 3) Both STE and elevated hs-TnI.

Cox multivariate regression analysis for 1-year mortality was conducted and the final adjusted model included Simplified Acute Physiology Score II (SAPS II), Charlson Comorbidity Index, gender, hs-TnI at inclusion and cardiac arrest as cause for ICU admission.


In the 738 included patients, 93 (13%) displayed STE. Patients with STE were older (64 years (±18) vs. 59 years (±17), p=0.009), more often male (n=72 (77%) vs. n=425 (66%), p=0.036) and had more comorbidities. Cardiac arrest or cardiogenic shock as cause for ICU admission was more common in STE and hs-TnI was higher (64 ng/l (14-348) vs. 26 ng/l (8-177) p=0.023) (Table). One-year mortality was higher in patients with STE (n=45 (49%) vs. n=206 (32%), p<0.001, Figure A) and STE was associated with mortality in the adjusted cox model (HR 1.52-IC95% (1.09-2.11), p=0.013). Patients with both STE and elevated hs-TnI had two-fold mortality in comparison with no STE and normal hs-TnI (n=25 (49%) vs. n=98 (27%), p<0.001, Figure B).


STE is associated with increased long-term mortality in ICU patients. Combined STE and elevated hs-TnI define patients with the highest mortality risk.

1. Thygesen K et al Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Oct 16;60(16):1581–98.

No ST-elevation n=645 ST-elevation n=93 p
Age, years (SD) 59 (17) 64 (18) 0.009
Male gender, n (%) 425 (66) 72 (77) 0.036
Charlson Comorbidity Index, pts (SD) 2.9 (2.4) 3.7 (2.5) 0.007
SAPS II, pts (SD) 47 (19) 51 (18) 0.021
Cardiac arrest or cardiogenic shock, n (%) 76 (12) 22 (24) 0.003

hs-TnI, ng/L (IQR)

26 (8-177) 64 (14-348) 0.023
Baseline characteristics

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