Echocardiographic evaluation and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide measurement of patients hospitalized for heart failure during weaning from mechanical ventilation.

@article{Gerbaud2012EchocardiographicEA,
  title={Echocardiographic evaluation and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide measurement of patients hospitalized for heart failure during weaning from mechanical ventilation.},
  author={Edouard Gerbaud and Molly Erickson and Marieke Grenouillet-Delacre and M-C Beauvieux and Pierre Coste and Catherine Durrieu-Ja{\"i}s and Gilles Hilbert and Yves Castaing and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Vargas},
  journal={Minerva anestesiologica},
  year={2012},
  volume={78 4},
  pages={415-25}
}
BACKGROUND Weaning patients with heart failure who have required mechanical ventilation remains challenging. We evaluated echocardiographic indexes and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) as markers of acute cardiac dysfunction before and after spontaneous breathing trials (SBT) in such patients to assess their ability to predict subsequent successful extubation. METHODS Forty-four patients who underwent their first SBT were prospectively included. Plasma levels of NT-proBNP… CONTINUE READING