The emerging role of natriuretic peptides in the diagnosis and treatment of decompensated heart failure.

@article{Gallagher2004TheER,
  title={The emerging role of natriuretic peptides in the diagnosis and treatment of decompensated heart failure.},
  author={Michael T. Gallagher and Peter A. McCullough},
  journal={Current heart failure reports},
  year={2004},
  volume={1 3},
  pages={129-35}
}
B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a cardiac neurohormone and is released as prepro BNP and then enzymatically cleaved to the N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP) and BNP upon ventricular myocyte stretch. Blood measurements of BNP and NT-proBNP have been used to identify patients with heart failure (HF). Clinical considerations for these tests include their half-lives in plasma, dependence on renal function for clearance, interpretation of their units of measure, and the rapid availability of the… CONTINUE READING
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