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What is a troponin test?
A troponin test measures the level of troponin in your blood. Troponin is a type of protein found in the muscles of your heart. Troponin is not normally found in the blood. When heart muscles become damaged, troponin is sent into the bloodstream. As heart damage increases, greater amounts of troponin are released in the blood.
What is it used for?
The test is most often used to diagnose a heart attack. It is also recommended by healthcare service providers for COVID.
What happens during a troponin test?
Our expert phlebotomist will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. This usually takes less than two minutes. Book Troponin test today at the convenience of your home today with CNC Pathlab.
Will I need to do anything to prepare for the test?
You do not need any special preparations for a troponin test.
What do the results mean?
Normal troponin levels in the blood are usually so low, they can't be found on most blood tests. If your results show normal troponin levels for 12 hours after chest pain has started, it is unlikely that your symptoms were caused by a heart attack. If even a small level of troponin is found in your blood, it may mean there is some damage to your heart. If high levels of troponin are found in one or more tests over time, it probably means you had a heart attack. Other reasons for higher than normal troponin levels include:
Congestive heart failure
Blood clot in your lungs