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The Combined Prognostic Potential of Serum High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin I and N-Terminal pro-B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Concentrations in Dogs with Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease


  • The work was carried out at the Royal Veterinary College, the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital, Camden, and the Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Victoria.

Corresponding author: Melanie Hezzell, The Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA, UK; e-mail: mhezzell@rvc.ac.uk



Identification of factors associated with decreased survival in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) will allow more accurate prognosis. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is negatively associated with survival in dogs with DMVD. In human patients, multimarker strategies provide superior risk stratification compared with single markers.


High-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hscTnI) and other clinical variables will be associated with survival time in dogs with DMVD. Measuring hscTnI and NT-proBNP in combination will be prognostically superior to measurement of either marker alone. The rate of change of these markers will vary according to cause of death.


Client-owned dogs (= 202) with DMVD of varying severity and age-matched healthy control dogs (= 30) recruited from first opinion private practice.


Prospective cohort study relating clinical variables at enrollment in dogs with DMVD to survival time (all-cause, cardiac, and noncardiac mortality). Multivariable Cox regression analysis was used to identify factors associated with survival. Measurements were obtained approximately every 6 months. Repeated measures models were constructed to assess changes over time.


hscTnI, LVEDDN, heart rate, and age were independently associated with decreased survival time (all-cause mortality). Survival times were shortest in dogs in which both serum hscTnI and NT-proBNP were increased. hscTnI and NT-proBNP increased more rapidly in dogs that died of cardiac disease.

Conclusions and Clinical Importance

Serum hscTnI has prognostic value in dogs with DMVD. Measurement of NT-proBNP and hscTnI is prognostically superior to measuring either alone. Serial measurement strategies provide additional prognostic information.