Can NT-proBNP be used as a criterion for heart failure hospitalization in emergency room?


Ozturk T. C. , Unluer E., DENİZBAŞI ALTINOK A. , Guneysel O., Onur O.

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN MEDICAL SCIENCES, vol.16, no.12, pp.1564-1571, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN MEDICAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.1564-1571

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a common health problem with poor prognosis. The gold standard for diagnosis is echocardiography but it is not always reachable, especially in emergency conditions. NT-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a novel indicator for the diagnosis of heart failure and is being used in routine tests in emergency rooms. This study was conducted to compare NT-proBNP levels between hospitalized congestive heart failure (CHF) patients and outpatients.