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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 14, No. 3, 2014, pp. 757-762
Bioline Code: hs14112
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2014, pp. 757-762

 en Value of heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) for emergency department patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome.
Banu, Karakus Yilmaz; Niyazi, Özüçelik Doğaç; Erdem, Cevik; Afşin, Doğan Hatice Đpekçi; Özlem, Uzun; Yasemin, Çelik & Afsin, Ipekci


Objective: The aim of this study is testing the value of H-FABP in the early diagnosis of ACS alone or with routinely used biomarkers such as myoglobin, CK-MB, and cTn I in patients who admitted to emergency department (ED) with complaint of chest pain and suspected acute coronary syndrome.
Material and Methods: This prospective and cross-sectional study was performed at the Emergency Department of University hospital between June 2009 and September 2010. Patients who were admitted with chest pain within first 48 hours and suspected ACS were enrolled to the study. Blood samples were taken for CK-MB, myoglobin, cTnI and H-FABP The patients were divided into two groups (ACS and non ACS). Statistical analyse were used for relation of biomarkers with diagnosis of ACS.
Results: A 66 patients were included to the study. H-FAPB values were positive in 15.2% patients. When H-FABP was added to routinely used biomarkers in the diagnosis of ACS, increasing was observed in all sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV values. However, this increase was not stastistically significant.
Conclusion: H-FABP did not provide any significant change in early diagnosis and exclusion of ACS diagnosis when used either alone or combination with routinely used biomarkers

heart-type fatty acid-binding protein; acute coronary syndrome; biomarker

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