How BNP Levels Suggest Congestive Heart Failure?

Q:
How do BNP levels suggest congestive heart failure?

A:
When you have heart failure, your heart makes two proteins. Your doctor will call them B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal-pro-BNP (NT-pro-BNP).

A test called a BNP blood test measures those two important levels. It’s able to spot heart failure more than 80% of the time.

The level of BNP tends to increase as heart failure gets worse. But it can also increase with age. Testing BNP levels is one of the most sensitive ways to show how well you’re doing on heart failure treatment.

Ask your doctor to explain the results of your BNP tests.

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