TITLE

COMMENTARY: B-type natriuretic peptide level had reduced specificity for diagnosing heart failure in dyspnea with atrial fibrillation in the emergency department

AUTHOR(S)
Cohn, Jay N.
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p48
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that BNP, or N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide , measurement is now widely used as an aid in the diagnosis of heart failure. In the emergency department setting where harried physicians must make clinical judgments without the benefit of longitudinal observation, a blood test that can help define therapeutic strategy is particularly valuable. As for most simple tests, however, the measurement becomes less discriminating when the clinical presentation is less clear.
ACCESSION #
20297616

 

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