TIMI Risk Score For NSTEMI

Predicts risk of ischemic events and mortality for patients with unstable angina or a non ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI).

In the text below the calculator there is more information about the score and about the original study.

The TIMI risk score for NSTEMI helps clinicians establish risk of adverse outcome and mortality in patients diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome conditions such as unstable angina or with non ST elevation myocardial infarction.

The score consists of 7 items that describe risk factors characteristic for heart conditions and is also widely used in chest pain management in clinical stages.

There are 8 different possible scores, depending on the number of risk factors the patient exhibits. Each score is associated with a mortality risk:

TIMI score Mortality risk %
0 5
1 5
2 8
3 13
4 20
5 26
6, 7 41


Age equal or greater than 65 years


Equal or greater than 3 CAD Risk Factors


Known CAD (Stenosis equal or greater than 50%)


ASA Use in Past 7 days


Severe angina (equal or greater than 2 episodes in 24 hrs)


EKG ST changes equal or greater than 0.5mm


Positive Cardiac Marker

  Embed  Print  Share 

Send Us Your Feedback

Steps on how to print your input & results:

1. Fill in the calculator/tool with your values and/or your answer choices and press Calculate.

2. Then you can click on the Print button to open a PDF in a separate window with the inputs and results. You can further save the PDF or print it.

Please note that once you have closed the PDF you need to click on the Calculate button before you try opening it again, otherwise the input and/or results may not appear in the pdf.


The scoring system explained

Patients with acute coronary syndrome or who have suffered from a myocardial infarction (whether ST or non ST elevation), are at risk of further cardiac adverse outcome and at an increased mortality risk.

The TIMI tools, whether the original version or the score for ST elevation MI, along with this scoring method for non ST elevation, help clinicians stratify patients at risk based on cardiovascular factors.

The following table introduces the seven items in this cardiac risk score:

TIMI risk score non ST elevation MI Description
Age ≥65 The higher the patient age, the higher cardiovascular risk.
≥3 Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors Refers to family history of CAD, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus or smoking.
Known CAD (Stenosis ≥50%) Coronary Artery Disease increases risk of ischemic accidents.
ASA Use in Past 7 days Regular aspirin usage in the preceding days to the episode.
Severe angina (≥2 episodes in 24 hrs) More than 2 episodes of severe angina symptomatology in the last 24 hours.
EKG ST changes ≥0.5mm Refers to relevant ST changes in electrocardiogram test.
Positive Cardiac Marker Positive biomarker results, used to evaluate heart function and in the early detection of ACS ischemic events. In this case, troponin and CK-MB in blood.

The TIMI scores are widely used in chest pain management in clinical stages. More recently, troponin testing models such as GRACE or HEART offer a more accurate risk stratification.


Result interpretation

Each of the seven cardiovascular risk factors is awarded 1 point if present. Therefore, the score ranges between 0 and 7. Scores of 0 and 1 carry a 5% mortality risk whilst scores of 6 and 7 carry a 41% mortality risk.

The table below present the association between scores and mortality risk:

TIMI score Mortality risk %
0 5
1 5
2 8
3 13
4 20
5 26
6, 7 41

About the study

The score was developed following a 2000 study by Antman et al. that involved three different trials of patients who were treated with unfractioned heparin or enoxaparin. The study was aimed at stratifying the risk for death and cardiac ischemic events. There were also three validation cohorts.

The seven risk factors introduced above were extracted and tested.

Event rates increased significantly as the TIMI risk score increased in the test cohort in TIMI 11B and this pattern of increase was confirmed in the validation cohorts.

It was concluded that in patients with UA/NSTEMI, the TIMI risk score can facilitate decision making and stratify mortality risk.


Non ST elevation MI

Non ST elevation MI or ST depression MI, is the less severe type of myocardial infarction and indicates that the coronary artery is only partially occluded.

In contrast to ST elevation MI, here only a part of the cardiovascular tissue (depth) is affected, thus the heart muscle is partially infracted.

There are some generic risk factors for this cardiac condition, such as:

■ Hypertension;

■ High cholesterol;

■ Family and personal history;

■ Diabetes mellitus;

■ Smoking.

The most common symptoms are chest pain (usually located in the middle of the chest and which may radiate towards the arm, shoulder, neck or jaw), difficulty breathing, palpitations (caused by nervous system activation) and even cardiogenic shock if the AMI is of increased severity.

Rapid diagnosis can be put after ECG, blood cardiac markers, full blood count with elevated WBC, chest X rays and/or echocardiography.

Common complications include heart arrhythmias and acute heart failure or cardiogenic shock. Because of the damage produced to the papillary muscle, mitral regurgitation can also occur.


Original source

Antman EM, Cohen M, Bernink PJ, McCabe CH, Horacek T, Papuchis G, Mautner B, Corbalan R, Radley D, Braunwald E. The TIMI risk score for unstable angina/non-ST elevation MI: A method for prognostication and therapeutic decision making. JAMA. 2000;284(7):835-42.


Pollack CV Jr, Sites FD, Shofer FS, Sease KL, Hollander JE. Application of the TIMI risk score for unstable angina and non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome to an unselected emergency department chest pain population. Acad Emerg Med. 2006; 13(1):13-8.

Other references

1. Wiviott SD, Morrow DA, Frederick PD, Antman EM, Braunwald E; National Registry of Myocardial Infarction. Application of the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction risk index in non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: evaluation of patients in the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006; 47(8):1553-8.

2. Hess EP, Perry JJ, Calder LA, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V, Body R, Jaffe A, Wells GA, Stiell IG. Prospective validation of a modified thrombolysis in myocardial infarction risk score in emergency department patients with chest pain and possible acute coronary syndrome. Acad Emerg Med. 2010; 17(4):368-75.

Specialty: Cardiology

System: Cardiovascular

Objective: Mortality Prediction

Type: Score

No. Of Items: 7

Year Of Study: 2000

Abbreviation: TIMI

Article By: Denise Nedea

Published On: July 16, 2017

Last Checked: July 16, 2017

Next Review: July 16, 2023