Serum copper, zinc, and magnesium in acute myocardial infarction in Ramadi municipality

Abstract

A prospective study carried out to assess serum levels of copper, zinc, and magnesium of 50 consecutive patients after an acute episode of myocardial infarction, their ages range between 33-77years. Patients having hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and renal diseases and those with other major illness were excluded. They were compared with 25 healthy volunteers for age- and sex-matched as a comparison group for metal measurements. Results showed that patients' mean copper and magnesium concentrations were significantly higher (P<0.001) than the mean of controls while the patients' mean serum zinc concentration was significantly lower (P<0.001) than in controls.Keywords: acute myocardial infarction (AMI), trace metals.