Cardiac biomarkers and cycling race.

Author:Le Goff, Caroline
Position:Letter to the editor

Dear Editor-in-chief,

In cycling as in other types of strenuous exercise, there exists a risk of sudden death. It is important both to understand its causes and to see if the behavior of certain biomarkers might highlight athletes at risk. Many reports describe changes in biomarkers after strenuous exercise (Nie et al., 2011), but interpreting these changes, and notably distinguishing normal physiological responses from pathological changes, is not easy. Here we have focused on the kinetics of different cardiac biomarkers: creatin kinase (CK), creating kinase midbrain (CK-MB), myoglobin (MYO), highly sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT) and N-terminal brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). The population studied was a group of young trained cyclists participating in a 177-km cycling race. The group of individuals was selected for maximal homogeneity. Their annual training volume was between 10,000 and 16,000 kilometers. The rhythm of races is comparable and averages 35 km/h, depending on the race's difficulty.

The cardiac frequency was recorded via a heart rate monitor. Three blood tests were taken. The first blood test, T0, was taken approximately 2 hours before the start of the race and was intended to gather values which would act as references for the following tests. The second blood test, Tj, was realized within 5 minutes of their arrival. The third and final blood test, T3, was taken 3 hours following their arrival. The CK, CK-MB, MYO, hsTnT and NT-proBNP were measured on the Roche Diagnostic modular E (Manhein, Germany). For the statistical analysis, an ANOVA and post hoc test of Scheffe were calculated with the Statistica Software version 9.1.

We noticed an important significant variation in the cardiac frequency between T0 and T1 (p

HsTnT increased significantly between T0 and T1 (p

At T0, the values obtained for NT-proBNP were inside the normal range, but we noted an increase with time. Some subjects were above the upper reference value at T1. The intense exercise produced during the race induced a significant increase of NT-proBNP (Tschope et al., 2005). This evolution is probably due to increased parietal pressure, as a rise in NT-proBNP can be a physiological response to increased ventricular pressure at the end of the diastole (Scharhag et al., 2008). They had no particular physical complaints during or after the exercise, this marker is useful for the detection of diastolic dysfunction in patients with exertion dyspnea. We...

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