Natriuretic peptide testing: a window into the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure.


Journal Article (Review)

B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) levels can indicate a variety of heart problems, as well as general critical illness. BNP and NT-proBNP assays are useful for evaluating patients with acute dyspnea, as a low level of natriuretic peptide can help rule out congestive heart failure (CHF) and reduce reliance on echocardiography. Conversely, these assays can be particularly useful in recognizing CHF in a patient with acute dyspnea and a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, clinical judgment must always be part of the evaluation of BNP or NT-proBNP assay results.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Januzzi, JL

Published Date

  • February 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 73 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 157

PubMed ID

  • 16478039

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16478039

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-1150


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States