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BNP and NT-proBNP

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Also known as: Brain Natriuretic Peptide; proBNP; Natriuretic Peptides
Formal name: B-type Natriuretic Peptide; N-terminal pro b-type Natriuretic Peptide
Related tests: Cardiac Biomarkers

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help detect, diagnose, and evaluate the severity of congestive heart failure (CHF)

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath and fatigue, or when you are being treated for CHF

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?