Opioid Toxicity, a common non-ACS cause of Troponin Increase: A Case Report
Drug overdose or toxicity is now the leading cause of injury-related mortality in the United States, but the prognostic utility of the cardiac biomarkers is unknown. In this case report, we will be focusing on opioid toxicity as one of the more common causes of non-ACS causes of rise in cardiac biomarkers. Opioids are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment for pain but due to increasing addiction and synthetic creation of opioids called Heroin, led to a grand epidemic in the United States since the 1960s. As a result, there is increasing amount of drug overdose cases and it is our job as healthcare providers to recognize and treat appropriately.
In this case report, as opioid crisis is increasing, especially in the state of New Jersey, we will also focus on its epidemiology, signs and symptoms, treatment, other non-ACS causes of increase in cardiac biomarkers and case presentation.
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