The diagnostic accuracy of plasma BNP and NTproBNP in patients referred from primary care with suspected heart failure: results of the UK natriuretic peptide study.

@article{Zaphiriou2005TheDA,
  title={The diagnostic accuracy of plasma BNP and NTproBNP in patients referred from primary care with suspected heart failure: results of the UK natriuretic peptide study.},
  author={Alex Zaphiriou and Stephen D Robb and Tarita Murray-Thomas and Gustavo A. Mendez and Kevin Fox and Theresa Mcdonagh and Suzanna M C Hardman and Henry J. Dargie and Martin R Cowie},
  journal={European journal of heart failure},
  year={2005},
  volume={7 4},
  pages={537-41}
}
OBJECTIVES To determine the diagnostic accuracy of the measurement of plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-BNP (NTproBNP) in patients referred by their general practitioners (GPs) with symptoms suggestive of heart failure. Additionally, to compare the diagnostic accuracy of the resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) with that of the peptides. DESIGN A diagnostic accuracy study. SETTING Rapid-access heart failure clinics in five hospitals. PARTICIPANTS 306 patients… CONTINUE READING