B-type natriuretic peptide testing and the accuracy of heart failure diagnosis in the emergency department

Amaali Lokuge, Louisa Lok Yi Lam, Peter Cameron, Henry Krum, Pieter Devilliers Smit, Adam Bystrzycki, Matthew T Naughton, David Eccleston, Genevieve Flannery, Jacob Federman, Hans-Gerhard Schneider

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Abstract

It is often difficult to diagnose heart failure (HF) accurately in patients presenting with dyspnea to the emergency department (ED). This study assessed whether B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) testing in these patients improved the accuracy of HF diagnosis. Conclusion: In the clinical setting of EDs, availability of BNP levels did not significantly improve the accuracy of a diagnosis of HF.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104 - 110
Number of pages7
JournalCirculation: Heart Failure
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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