How often we need to measure brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) blood levels in patients admitted to the hospital for acute severe heart failure? Role of serial measurements to improve short-term prognostic stratification.

@article{Faggiano2010HowOW,
  title={How often we need to measure brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) blood levels in patients admitted to the hospital for acute severe heart failure? Role of serial measurements to improve short-term prognostic stratification.},
  author={Pompilio Massimo Faggiano and Roberto Men{\'e}ndez Soto del Valle and Nadia Aspromonte and A D'aloia and Giuseppe Di Tano and Sabrina Barro and Prospero Giovinazzo and Loredano Milani and Roberto Lorusso and Livio Dei Cas},
  journal={International journal of cardiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={140 1},
  pages={88-94}
}
BACKGROUND Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is increasingly used in the management of patients with heart failure (HF). It is still unclear how to use serial BNP measurement in HF. AIM To evaluate the usefulness of three consecutive measurements of BNP in patients (pts) hospitalized for acute HF. METHODS Clinical evaluation, BNP levels and echocardiography were assessed in 150 pts (67% males, age: 69+/-12 years; left ventricular ejection fraction: 34+/-14%) admitted for severe HF (NYHA class… CONTINUE READING
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