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Effect of Baseline RDW and Troponin Levels on Prognosis in Patients with Acute Chest Pain

  • Hatice Şeyma Akça1
  • Abdullah Algın1
  • Serdar Özdemir1
  • İbrahim Altunok1
  • Sümeyra Acar Kurtuluş1
  • Serkan Emre Eroğlu1

1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Health Sciences, Ümraniye Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0050 Vol.16,Issue 2,October 2020 pp.97-103

Published: 28 October 2020

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advance in Acute Coronary Syndrome and Myocardial Infarction)

*Corresponding Author(s): Hatice Şeyma Akça E-mail:


Introduction: Red cell distribution width (RDW) is a measure of the mean corpuscular/erythrocyte volume. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of RDW levels on the prognosis in patients with elevated levels of troponin I in the emergency department with chest pain. Materials and methods: The study included 3,922 patients aged over 18 years who presented to the emergency department with the complaint of chest pain between August 1, 2018 and August 1, 2019. Troponin values and RDW levels were compared to determine the ability to diagnose acute ischemic heart disease and determin the prognosis in these patients. Results: The median RDW was 13.3 (IQR 1.20) in patients with normal troponin and 13.3 (IQR 1.40) in patients with elevated troponin (p = 0.001), but there was no difference in clinical outcomes between the groups. There was no significant difference in RDW between the patients discharged from the emergency department, those discharged from the hospital (good outcome) and those that required intensive care or died (poor outcome) (p > 0.05). Conclusion: RDW levels may vary in patients with elevated troponin values and acute ischemia, but this has no affect on clinical outcomes.


Chest pain, Myocardial infarction, RDW

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Hatice Şeyma Akça,Abdullah Algın,Serdar Özdemir,İbrahim Altunok,Sümeyra Acar Kurtuluş,Serkan Emre Eroğlu. Effect of Baseline RDW and Troponin Levels on Prognosis in Patients with Acute Chest Pain. Signa Vitae. 2020. 16(2);97-103.


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