B-Type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test

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Also known as: Brain natriuretic peptide, NT-proBNP, N terminal pro B type natriuretic peptide, natriuretic peptides
Formal name: B-type natriuretic peptides
Related tests: Cardiac Biomarkers

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help determine whether symptoms such as breathlessness are due to heart failure

When to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of heart failure such as breathlessness, fatigue and/or swelling (oedema) of the legs

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None