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Serum and plasma cardiac troponin I concentrations in clinically normal Thoroughbreds in training in Australia



Cardiac troponin I is a potentially useful test to identify cardiac muscle damage in the horse. Measurements of cardiac troponin I from serum or heparinised plasma samples from 23 clinically normal Thoroughbred horses in race training were analysed through a standard Australian commercial laboratory using the ADVIA Centaur® Assay. The cardiac troponin I concentrations were < 0.15 µg/L from all samples. The test was then validated using macerated equine myocardium. Cardiac troponin I concentration may be useful in determining whether poor performance in Thoroughbred horses is related to active myocardial disease.