Clinical characteristics of heart disease patients with a good prognosis in spite of markedly increased plasma levels of type-B natriuretic peptide (BNP): anomalous behavior of plasma BNP in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

BACKGROUND Although it is not rare to encounter patients with plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels unequivalent to the severity of heart failure (HF), there has been little investigation to clarify the causative background of this phenomenon. METHODS AND RESULTS Among the 1,838 outpatients whose plasma BNP was measured, persistently increased… CONTINUE READING