Review: B-type natriuretic peptide consistently predicts death and cardiovascular events in heart failure

Deswal, Anita
September 2005
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 143 Issue 2, p53
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a study on how well does B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) predict mortality and morbidity. Studies in any language were selected if they evaluated the prognostic value of BNP in patients with heart failure. Nineteen studies assessed the relation between BNP levels and death or cardiovascular events in patients with heart failure. The studies were done in various clinical settings and used various BNP tests. The inclusion of the fifth study led to statistically significant heterogeneity. Seven studies used dichotomous measures to assess the relation between BNP and death.


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