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

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To diagnose the presence and severity of heart failure

When to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of heart failure, such as breathlessness and fatigue, or if you are being treated for heart failure

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None