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Blood Test Helps Catch Congestive Heart Failure

Wed Jul 17, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple blood test can help spot emergency department patients with congestive heart failure, potentially getting them the necessary treatment quicker, according to researchers.

Their international study of nearly 1,600 emergency patients with shortness of breath found that the 15-minute test--which measures a hormone called B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP)--was the single most accurate predictor of heart failure in the set of criteria the researchers used.