Chest radiographs and BNP levels provided complementary information beyond clinical findings for diagnosing heart failure

Henriksson, Peter
September 2004
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p48
Academic Journal
This article studies B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels and chest radiographics in diagnosis of Heart Failure (HF). 880 patients (mean age 64 y, 55% men) presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with a principal complaint of shortness of breath (either the sudden onset of dyspnea with no history of chronic dyspnea or an increase in the severity of chronic dyspnea) were investigated. About 30 days after the ED visit, the results of electrocardiography, chest radiography, echocardiography, clinical test results, consultations, and medical record information were used by 2 independent cardiologists to categorize cases as those caused by acute HF or those having noncardiac causes.


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