Prospective validation of the prognostic usefulness of brain natriuretic peptide in asymptomatic patients with chronic severe mitral regurgitation.

@article{Pizarro2009ProspectiveVO,
  title={Prospective validation of the prognostic usefulness of brain natriuretic peptide in asymptomatic patients with chronic severe mitral regurgitation.},
  author={Rodolfo Pizarro and Oscar O Bazzino and Pablo Fernando Oberti and Mariano L Falconi and Federico Achilli and An{\'i}bal Mart{\'i}n Arias and Juan G Krauss and Arturo M Cagide},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={54 12},
  pages={1099-106}
}
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the study was to determine the independent and additive prognostic value of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in patients with severe asymptomatic mitral regurgitation and normal left ventricular function. BACKGROUND Early surgery could be advisable in selected patients with chronic severe mitral regurgitation, but there are no criteria to identify candidates who could benefit from this strategy. Assessment of BNP has not been studied in asymptomatic patients with… CONTINUE READING

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