High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T Predicts Nondipper Hypertension in Newly Diagnosed Hypertensive Patients


Address for correspondence: Durmuş Y. Şahin, Department of Cardiology, Adana Numune Training and Research Hospital, Adana 01170, Turkey

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The increased prognostic accuracy of the high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) assay vs the conventional cTnT assay has recently been reported in hypertensive patients. The authors aimed to investigate the significance of serum hs-cTnT marker for prediction of nondipper hypertension (HTN) in hypertensive patients. A total of 317 patients with newly diagnosed HTN were studied. The patients were divided into two groups: 198 dipper hypertensive patients (mean age, 51.7±5.1 years) and 119 nondipper hypertensive patients (mean age, 53.4±7.6 years). Hs-cTnT and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) were measured in all patients. hs-cTnT and NT-proBNP were independent predictors for nondipper HTN (P<.05 for all). The cutoff value of hs-cTnT obtained by the receiver operator curve analysis was 7.55 ng/L for the prediction of nondipper HTN (sensitivity: 79%, specificity: 70%; 95% confidence interval, 0.769–0.860; P<.001). In patients with HTN, higher serum concentration of hs-cTnT even within normal range is an independent predictor of nondipper HTN.