NT-Pro BNP Blood Test

N-terminal pro b-type Natriuretic Peptide


Test Code: 143000
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

NT-Pro BNP Blood Test

This test measures the level of N-terminal pro b-type Natriuretic Peptide (NT-Pro BNP) in the blood.  Pro-BNP is a protein produced by the heart.  Levels of pro-BNP increase when the heart is working harder to pump blood than normal, such as when a person is suffering from heart failure. Pro-BNP is split into its active form BNP, and its inactive form NT-Pro BNP.  Measuring one or both of these can help to determine if a person is suffering from heart failure when they have symptoms such as shortness of breath, swelling in the arms or legs, and chronic fatigue.  Repeat testing can also help to monitor how well someone is responding to treatment for heart failure.

An NT-Pro BNP test is typically ordered when a person has symptoms of heart failure.  It is usually ordered along with a BNP blood test.

Turnaround for this test is typically 1-3 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.

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NT-Pro BNP Blood Test

N-terminal pro b-type Natriuretic Peptide


Test Code: 11188
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

NT-Pro BNP Blood Test

This test measures the level of N-terminal pro b-type Natriuretic Peptide (NT-Pro BNP) in the blood.  Pro-BNP is a protein produced by the heart.  Levels of pro-BNP increase when the heart is working harder to pump blood than normal, such as when a person is suffering from heart failure. Pro-BNP is split into its active form BNP, and its inactive form NT-Pro BNP.  Measuring one or both of these can help to determine if a person is suffering from heart failure when they have symptoms such as shortness of breath, swelling in the arms or legs, and chronic fatigue.  Repeat testing can also help to monitor how well someone is responding to treatment for heart failure.

An NT-Pro BNP test is typically ordered when a person has symptoms of heart failure.  It is usually ordered along with a BNP blood test.

Turnaround for this test is typically 4-6 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Dietary supplements containing biotin may interfere in assays and may skew results to be either falsely high or falsely low. For people receiving the recommended daily doses of biotin, draw samples at least 8 hours following the last biotin supplementation. For those on mega-doses of biotin supplements, draw samples at least 72 hours following the last biotin supplementation.

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