NT-proBNP (NT pro-brain natriuretic peptide)
NT-proBNP test is used for heart failure diagnostics and monitoring.
The symptoms of acute heart failure—shortness of breath, tiredness, peripheral swelling, rapid heartbeat—might also be signs of other diseases, such as bronchial asthma, pneumonia, conditions caused by an embolism, poisoning, or foreign bodies, and mental and kidney diseases.
NT-proBNP test allows us to distinguish heart failure objectively:
|Interpretation||AHF is unlikely||Diagnosis is unclear, other causes should be considered||AHF is likely, causes to be determined|
|NT-proBNP (ng/L) threshold values by age groups|
|< 50 years old||< 300||300-450||> 450|
|50-75 years old||300-900||> 900|
|> 75 years old||300-1800||> 1800|
Heart failure symptoms can be mild or unnoticeable at the onset of the disease.
Having NT-proBNP screenings regularly makes it possible to diagnose the disease in time and start treatment.
CHF patients with NT-proBNP levels above 1000 ng/L need more intense care and their treatment plan has to be changed. Higher doses of medication (e.g., diuretics and b-blockers) are prescribed in view of NT-proBNP concentration falling. This treatment tactic reduces the likelihood of the person needing in-patient care due to the disease getting worse by up to 25-30%, and the heart function and well-being of the patient gets better.
CHF is caused by coronary heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), cardiomyopathy, congenital heart defects and valve diseases, chronic infection, and kidney disease. The number of patients who have these diseases is vast.
NT-proBNP test enables the selection of patients who are at the highest risk of heart failure and asymptomatic ventricular dysfunction. A timely application of extra preventative measures against heart failure and coronary heart disease decreases the risk of new heart failure.
The table shows the actions that the doctor is likely to take based on NT-proBNP test results:
|Age of the patient||NT-proBNP value||Action||NT-proBNP value||Action|
|< 60 years||< 60 ng/L||Repeat the test in 3 years||> 60 ng/L||Echocardiogram|
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Good to know
Do I have to register?
You do not have to schedule an appointment in advance, you can simply check in at reception and request to be tested.
How will I get my test results?
- For the most common tests, the results will be prepared in 2 hours.
It can be picked up at the reception or we can send it via email at your request.
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