The roles of natriuretic peptides in pericardial fluid in patients with heart failure.

@article{Watanabe2009TheRO,
  title={The roles of natriuretic peptides in pericardial fluid in patients with heart failure.},
  author={Masazumi Watanabe and Satoru Kawaguchi and Hideki Nakahara and Tsuyoshi Hachimaru},
  journal={Clinical cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={32 3},
  pages={159-63}
}
BACKGROUND It is well known that the plasma concentrations of atrial and brain natriuretic peptides, as cardiac hormones, are elevated in heart failure. HYPOTHESIS Pericardial fluid in patients with various heart diseases contains both natriuretic peptides that are released into the pericardial fluid. However, it is unknown whether these peptides reflect cardiac function in patients with various heart diseases, more than both the peptides in blood. METHODS Plasma and pericardial fluid… CONTINUE READING