Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test
What To Think About
- The BNP level may get lower if treatment for heart failure is working. But the BNP level may stay above the normal BNP level even when a heart failure treatment is working well. Your doctor will use your physical exam and other tests, along with your BNP level, to make sure your treatment is working.
- Other tests may help predict your risk for heart problems, especially if they are combined with total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol tests.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 25, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
© 1995-2011, Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.