Cardiac Biomarkers (Online CE Course)

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Author: Mary Ellen Koenn, MS, MLS(ASCP)
Reviewer: Laurie Bjerklie, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM

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Each year in the US alone, over one million individuals are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and approximately one half of these have had an AMI in the past. However, as many as 1 - 5% of patients with an AMI are misdiagnosed in the emergency department and are discharged. Rapid diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction is vital and laboratory testing that is sensitive and specific is essential. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify the characteristics of an optimal cardiac biomarker and discuss the laboratory tests that are most useful for rapid diagnosis and monitoring of ischemic heart disease and heart failure.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Approved through 5/31/2026
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Clinical Chemistry/UA/Toxicology): 1 hour(s)
Approved through 5/31/2026


  • Describe the role of cardiac biomarkers, the characteristics of a good marker of cardiac disease, and the use of cardiac biomarkers today.
  • Explain atherosclerosis as an inflammatory process.
  • Compare and contrast the cardiac biomarkers cTnI and cTnT.
  • Discuss the utilization of CK-MB, myoglobin, and CK-isoform measurement in diagnosis of an acute myocardial infarction.
  • Describe the formation of BNP and NT-proBNP and their role as markers of congestive heart failure.
  • Interpret the measurement results of cardiac biomarker assays in the diagnosis of an acute myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure.
  • Explain the role of cardiac biomarkers in risk stratification of those with heart disease.

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Course Outline

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  • Cardiac and Vascular Disease
      • Introduction
      • Organizations and Agencies
      • The Human Heart
      • Which heart chamber pumps oxygenated blood out to the body?
      • Terminology Describing Ischemic Heart Disease and Heart Failure
      • Acute Coronary Syndrome
      • Risk Factors for Heart Disease
      • Match each of the following definitions associated with heart disease and heart failure to the term that it defines.
      • True or False: Congestive heart failure (CHF) ordinarily results when the left ventricular myocardium is weakened.
      • Atherosclerosis
      • Fibrous Cap
      • Lipids
      • Monitoring Lipids
      • A buildup of plaque that occurs with atherosclerosis may eventually lead to which of the following events?
  • Biomarkers of Cardiac Disease
  • Biomarkers in AMI
      • History
      • Troponin
      • Cardiac Troponin I (cTnI)
      • Cardiac Troponin T (cTnT)
      • Use of Troponin
      • Troponin Measurement and Ranges
      • Select the correct statement regarding troponin.
      • CK-MB
      • Myoglobin
      • CK-Isoforms
      • Pattern of AMI Biomarker Levels
      • High-Sensitivity Troponin
      • New Recommendations for hsTn
      • Diagnosis of an Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)
      • Biomarker Sampling
      • Which of the following cardiac biomarkers can be used as a stand-alone marker, and is therefore the preferred biomarker to indicate the presence of an...
      • A 62-year-old patient has been brought by ambulance to the emergency department. The patient is a smoker with a history of uncontrolled hypertension. ...
      • While driving home after work, a 45-year-old construction worker is involved in a collision with another car. Upon arrival in the emergency department...
  • Biomarkers in CHF
  • Risk Stratification and Cardiac Biomarkers
      • Risk Stratification
  • Biomarkers to Identify Those at Risk for Developing Cardiac Disease
      • Other Cardiac Risk Markers
      • High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP)
      • Use of hs-CRP
      • CRP and hs-CRP Comparison of Concentrations
  • References

Additional Information

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists and technicians as well as other health care personnel who have an interest in this subject matter. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author Information: Mary Ellen Koenn, MS, MLS(ASCP) is an associate professor emeritus at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science Program. During her career as a medical technologist and educator, she has been a laboratory supervisor and manager and has held several teaching positions. She is the author of numerous articles for laboratory publications and textbook chapters and is a frequent presenter at laboratory seminars and workshops. Mary Ellen Koenn holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Technology.
Reviewer Information: Laurie Bjerklie, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM is currently an Education Developer for MediaLab and LabCE. She earned a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of North Dakota and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Xavier University. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education and has held program director and faculty positions in both MLT and MLS programs

How to Subscribe
MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package
Includes 180 CE courses, most popular
$109Add to cart
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Up to 8 CE hours
$55Add to cart
Individual course$25Add to cart
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