CACMLE Chemistry & Urinalysis Courses

255-Online: The Natriuretic Peptides – Their Role in the Evaluation of the Patient with Shortness of Breath

$12.00

Contact Hours (Points): 1.0

This course is Module 6 of a seven-module set on Biomarkers.

This module focuses on the natriuretic peptides, which includes the B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) and the N-terminal-pro-BNP (NT-pro-BNP), and how they relate to the patient complaining of shortness of breath.

Objectives. At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to answer the following questions.

  1. What are “BNP” and NT-pro-BNP?
  2. What affects their levels?
  3. What is the ‘cut-off’?
  4. How does renal function affect the results of these assays?
  5. When should this test be used/ordered?

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The Natriuretic Peptides – Their Role in the Evaluation of the Patient with Shortness of Breath

Self-Study 255 – Basic Level

Contact Hours (Points): 1.0

Written by David Plaut and Deena Davis, MLS

Published 2013.

According the the Cleveland Clinic website article titled, “B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Blood Test“, the BNP is defined as “a substance secreted from the ventricles or lower chambers of the heart in response to changes in pressure that occur when heart failure develops and worsens. The level of BNP in the blood increases when heart failure symptoms worsen, and decreases when the heart failure condition is stable. The BNP level in a person with heart failure – even someone whose condition is stable – is higher than in a person with normal heart function.”

[http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/diagnostics-testing/laboratory-tests/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-bnp-bloodtest.aspx]

According the the Cleveland Clinic website article titled, “Blood Tests to Determine Risk of Coronary Artery Disease“, the N-terminal-pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide (NT-proBNP) is defined as, “Non-traditional” blood protein made in the heart and found in the blood. High levels are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure development. Elevated levels are associated with development of heart failure and worse prognosis.”

[http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/diagnostics-testing/laboratory-tests/blood-tests-to-determine-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease.aspx]

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