Relative value of amino-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide testing and radiographic standards for the diagnostic evaluation of heart failure in acutely dyspneic subjects.


Journal Article

To define more clearly the relationship between the information provided by the chest radiograph (CXR) and the natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) test as part of the evaluation of dyspneic patients presenting to the emergency department with suspected acute heart failure (HF), we evaluated the PRIDE cohort of 599 patients with and without HF, focusing on blinded NT-proBNP and unblinded CXR information. Clinical characteristics and diagnostic performance for each test were compared. We found that NT-proBNP measurement is superior to routine CXR interpretation for diagnosis or exclusion of acute HF and that normal CXR results should not be used to exclude HF in this population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martinez-Rumayor, AA; Vazquez, J; Rehman, SU; Januzzi, JL

Published Date

  • March 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 175 - 182

PubMed ID

  • 19911943

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19911943

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1366-5804

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/13547500903411087


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England