Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2018; 22 (8): 2415-2420

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201804_14834

Diagnostic accuracy of natriuretic peptides for acute heart failure: a review

S.-L. Zhou, J. Zhang, T.-T. Song, X. Li, H.-X. Wang

Departments of Emergency, Yidu Central Hospital of Weifang, Weifang, Shandong Province, China. wang_huaixin1@163.com


The rising incidence of and the cost associated with heart failure have made it increasingly imperative to accurately diagnose heart failure upon presentation. Correctly identifying heart failure in an Emergency Department is extremely challenging, and according to estimates, is only confirmatory in approximately 40-50% of patients. For an accurate diagnosis of heart failure and the consequent treatment, there needs to be more accurate test relying on biochemical factors as opposed to general symptoms that patients are experiencing. Natriuretic peptides are now utilized in routine tests for heart disease diagnosis in emergency departments as it is relatively low cost, easy to use and is a quick way to exclude heart failure as a reason for dyspnea. In this review, we detail the role and value of individual natriuretic peptides, particularly BNP, NT-proBNP, and MR-proANP, in diagnosing acute heart failure.

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S.-L. Zhou, J. Zhang, T.-T. Song, X. Li, H.-X. Wang
Diagnostic accuracy of natriuretic peptides for acute heart failure: a review

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2018
Vol. 22 - N. 8
Pages: 2415-2420
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201804_14834