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Conference Papers in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 479352, 5 pages
Conference Paper

Update on the Universal Definition of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Light of New Data

1Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
2Department of Cardiology Campus Virchow Klinikum (CVK) and Division of Emergency Medicine CVK, CCM, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany

Received 10 March 2013; Accepted 9 April 2013

Academic Editors: A. Bellou, E. Giannitsis, C. Hamm, and M. Möckel

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by K. Thygesen at “Clinical Decisions in Acute Patients: ACS–POCT–Hypertension and Biomarkers” held from 19 October 2012 to 20 October 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Copyright © 2013 K. Thygesen and J. Searle. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


At the 2012 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Conference in Munich, the updated Universal Definition of myocardial infarction was presented for the first time and was then published simultaneously in five medical journals (European Heart Journal, Circulation, Journal of American College of Cardiology, Nature Reviews Cardiology, Global Heart). Major changes in this updated version include the differentiation between myocardial ischemia and myocardial injury, which gives credit to the relatively large number of patients with troponin positive test results, especially when measured with high sensitivity assays, in patients without myocardial ischemia. Another important topic is the revised criteria for the diagnoses of acute myocardial ischemia related to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary arterial bypass grafting (CABG).