Originally posted by Perry2: |
What are the long term affects of vasospasm with a positive Troponin test? Every time I get a twinge from the flu now or have a bit of heartburn I get nervous.
Elevated troponin indicates that you had an MI. Since you are a bodybuilder, elevated CPK would be less diagnostic in your case, because you routinely damage muscles while building them.
When I was admitted to the hospital at age 35, they found elevated troponin in me also, because I had a MI. They also checked me for cocaine use since younger people like you and I don't normally have CHD. Unfortunately I do, but I digress.
Cocaine can cause a spasm in the artery, which essentially produced the same effect as a plaque filled occluded artery. During this time you may experience angina, and if the spasms subsists long enough, heart tissue damage will occur (MI) and elevated troponin levels will follow. The greater the damage, the more elevated your troponin will be and I think the more rapidly it will show up in a blood draw.
I am surprised that the doctors did not advise you better if they suspected heart damage. After mine, I begged to go back to work, but they told me to take it easy for 1 week then start off slow. There is a specific period after an MI which, if you exercise strenuously, can further damage the heart muscle tissue. I think that the time period was 3 weeks, but you probably want to check with a cardiologist.
Good luck Perry.