Background: Myocardial injury (INJ) expressed by elevated high-sensitivity troponin (hs-Tn) is common in heart failure (HF), due to cardiovascular and non-cardiac conditions. The mechanisms of INJ in acute decompensated HF (ADHF) versus chronic HF (CHF) are still debated. This study’s purpose was to evaluate the determinants of elevated hs-TnT in ADHF and CHF. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed consecutive HF patients with hs-TnT measured on admission, hospitalized in a tertiary-care hospital. Rehospitalizations, acute coronary syndromes, embolisms, infections, autoimmunity and malignancy were excluded. Cut-off point for hs-TnT was 14 ng/L. Results: Our study included 488 HF patients, 56.55% with ADHF. Mean age was 72.52±10.09 years. 53.89% were females. 67.75% ADHF and 45.75% CHF patients had elevated hs-TnT. Median hs-TnT was higher in ADHF versus CHF (21.05[IQR 12.74-33.81] vs 13.20[IQR 7.93-23.25], p<0.0001). In multivariable analysis in ADHF and CHF, log10NT-proBNP (HR=5.30, 95%CI 2.71–10.38, p<0.001, respectively HR=5.49, 95%CI 1.71–17.57, p=0.004) and eGFR (HR=0.72, 95%CI 0.62–0.85, p<0.001, respectively HR=0.71, 95%CI 0.55–0.93, p=0.014) were independent predictors for increased hs-TnT. Independent factors associated with elevated hs-TnT in ADHF were male sex (HR=2.52, 95%CI 1.31-4.87, p=0.006) and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) (HR=10.57, 95%CI 1.26-88.40, p=0.029), while in CHF were age (HR=2.68, 95%CI 1.42-5.07, p=0.002) and previous stroke (HR=5.35, 95%CI 0.98-29.20, p=0.053). Conclusion: HF severity, expressed by NT-proBNP levels, and kidney disease progression, expressed by eGFR, were independent predictors associated with increased hs-TnT in both ADHF and CHF. Specific independent predictors were also indentified in ADHF (male sex, COPD) and CHF (age, history of stroke).