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1.  Association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency with NT-pro BNP levels in patients with acute myocardial infarction: a cross-sectional analysis 
BMC Research Notes  2011;4:542.
Background
Nutritional vitamin D deficiency is an emerging risk factor for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure. The association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels with N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), a robust prognostic marker for post-AMI mortality and heart failure, is unknown and could illuminate a potential pathway for adverse outcomes among post-AMI patients with 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency.
Methods
In a cross-sectional analysis, we studied 238 AMI patients from 21 U.S. centers to test the association of nutritional vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]) deficiency with NT-proBNP levels. Levels of 25(OH)D levels were categorized as normal (≥30 ng/mL), insufficient (>20 - <30 ng/mL), deficient (>10 - ≤20 ng/mL), or severely deficient (≤10 ng/mL).
Results
Low 25(OH)D levels were found in 95.7% of AMI patients. No significant trends for higher mean baseline log NT-proBNP levels in severely deficient (6.9 ± 1.3 pg/mL), deficient (6.9 ± 1.2 pg/mL), and insufficient (6.9 ± 0.9 pg/ml) groups were observed as compared with patients having normal (6.1 ± 1.7 pg/mL) levels, P = 0.17. Findings were similar in the subset of patients who had follow-up NT-proBNP levels drawn at one month. In multivariate regression modeling, after adjusting for multiple covariates, 25(OH)D was not associated with NT-proBNP.
Conclusions
Potential associations between nutritional vitamin D deficiency and prognosis in the setting of AMI are unlikely to be mediated through NT-proBNP pathways. Future studies should examine other mechanisms, such as inflammation and vascular calcification, by which 25(OH)D deficiency could mediate adverse outcomes post-AMI.
doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-542
PMCID: PMC3266347  PMID: 22171582
Vitamin D; N-terminal proBNP; Acute myocardial infarction
2.  Direct Immunochemiluminescent Assay for proBNP and Total BNP in Human Plasma proBNP and Total BNP Levels in Normal and Heart Failure 
PLoS ONE  2013;8(1):e53233.
Background
Recent studies have shown that in addition to brain (or B-type) natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the N-terminal proBNP fragment, levels of intact proBNP are also increased in heart failure. Moreover, present BNP immunoassays also measure proBNP, as the anti-BNP antibody cross-reacts with proBNP. It is important to know the exact levels of proBNP in heart failure, because elevation of the low-activity proBNP may be associated with the development of heart failure.
Methodology/Principal Findings
We therefore established a two-step immunochemiluminescent assay for total BNP (BNP+proBNP) and proBNP using monoclonal antibodies and glycosylated proBNP as a standard. The assay enables measurement of plasma total BNP and proBNP within only 7 h, without prior extraction of the plasma. The detection limit was 0.4 pmol/L for a 50-µl plasma sample. Within-run CVs ranged from 5.2%–8.0% in proBNP assay and from 7.0%–8.4% in total BNP assay, and between-run CVs ranged from 5.3–7.4% in proBNP assay and from 2.9%–9.5% in total BNP assay, respectively. The dilution curves for plasma samples showed good linearity (correlation coefficients = 0.998–1.00), and analytical recovery was 90–101%. The mean total BNP and proBNP in plasma from 116 healthy subjects were 1.4±1.2 pM and 1.0±0.7 pM, respectively, and were 80±129 pM and 42±70 pM in 32 heart failure patients. Plasma proBNP levels significantly correlate with age in normal subjects.
Conclusions/Significance
Our immunochemiluminescent assay is sufficiently rapid and precise for routine determination of total BNP and proBNP in human plasma.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053233
PMCID: PMC3554706  PMID: 23365636
3.  Influence of preoperative serum N-terminal pro-brain type natriuretic peptide on the postoperative outcome and survival rates of coronary artery bypass patients 
Clinics  2010;65(12):1239-1245.
BACKGROUND:
The N-terminal fragment of pro-brain type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is an established biomarker for cardiac failure.
OBJECTIVE:
To determine the influence of preoperative serum NT-proBNP on postoperative outcome and mid-term survival in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
METHODS:
In 819 patients undergoing isolated CABG surgery preoperative serum NT-proBNP levels were measured. NT-proBNP was correlated with various postoperative outcome parameters and survival rate after a median follow-up time of 18 (0.5–44) months. Risk factors of mortality were identified using χ2, Mann–Whitney test, and Cox regression.
RESULTS:
NT-proBNP levels >430 ng/ml and >502 ng/ml predicted hospital and overall mortality (p<0.05), with an incidence of 1.6% and 4%, respectively. Kaplan–Meier analysis revealed decreased survival rates in patients with NT-proBNP >502 ng/ml (p = 0.001). Age, preoperative serum creatinine, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low left ventricular ejection fraction and BNP levels >502 ng/ml were isolated as risk factors for overall mortality. Multivariate Cox regression analysis, including the known factors influencing NT-proBNP levels, identified NT-proBNP as an independent risk factor for mortality (OR = 3.079 (CI = 1.149-8.247), p = 0.025). Preoperative NT-proBNP levels >502 ng/ml were associated with increased ventilation time (p = 0.005), longer intensive care unit stay (p = 0.001), higher incidence of postoperative hemofiltration (p = 0.001), use of intra-aortic balloon pump (p<0.001), and postoperative atrial fibrillation (p = 0.031)
CONCLUSION:
Preoperative NT-proBNP levels >502 ng/ml predict mid-term mortality after isolated CABG and are associated with significantly higher hospital mortality and perioperative complications.
doi:10.1590/S1807-59322010001200004
PMCID: PMC3020332  PMID: 21340210
Brain type natriuretic peptide; BNP; NT-proBNP; CABG; Coronary artery disease
4.  Increased circulating pro-brain natriuretic peptide (proBNP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in patients with cirrhosis: relation to cardiovascular dysfunction and severity of disease 
Gut  2003;52(10):1511-1517.
Background and aims: Cardiac dysfunction may be present in patients with cirrhosis. This study was undertaken to relate plasma concentrations of cardiac peptides reflecting early ventricular dysfunction (pro-brain natriuretic peptide (proBNP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP)) to markers of severity of liver disease, cardiac dysfunction, and hyperdynamic circulation in patients with cirrhosis.
Patients and methods: Circulating levels of proBNP and BNP were determined in 51 cirrhotic patients during a haemodynamic investigation.
Results: Plasma proBNP and BNP were significantly increased in cirrhotic patients (19 and 12 pmol/l, respectively) compared with age matched controls (14 and 6 pmol/l; p<0.02) and healthy subjects (<15 and <5.3 pmol/l; p<0.002). Circulating proBNP and BNP were closely correlated (r = 0.89, p<0.001), and the concentration ratio proBNP/BNP was similar to that of control subjects (1.8 v 2.3; NS). Circulating proBNP and BNP were related to severity of liver disease (Child score, serum albumin, coagulation factors 2, 7, and 10, and hepatic venous pressure gradient) and to markers of cardiac dysfunction (QT interval, heart rate, plasma volume) but not to indicators of the hyperdynamic circulation. Moreover, in multiple regression analysis, proBNP and BNP were also related to arterial carbon dioxide and oxygen tensions. The rate of hepatic disposal of proBNP and BNP was not significantly different in cirrhotic patients and controls.
Conclusion: Elevated circulating levels of proBNP and BNP in patients with cirrhosis most likely reflects increased cardiac ventricular generation of these peptides and thus indicates the presence of cardiac dysfunction, rather than being caused by the hyperdynamic circulatory changes found in these patients.
PMCID: PMC1773816  PMID: 12970147
brain natriuretic peptide; cardiac dysfunction; cirrhotic cardiomyopathy; pro-brain natriuretic peptide; QT interval; cardiac ventricular peptides
5.  Natriuretic peptide testing for the evaluation of critically ill patients with shock in the intensive care unit: a prospective cohort study 
Critical Care  2006;10(1):R37.
Introduction
Amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is useful in evaluating heart failure, but its role in evaluating patients with shock in the intensive care unit (ICU) is not clear.
Method
Forty-nine consecutive patients in four different ICUs with shock of various types and with an indication for pulmonary artery catheter placement were evaluated. Analyses for NT-proBNP were performed on blood obtained at the time of catheter placement and results were correlated with pulmonary artery catheter findings. Logistic regression identified independent predictors of mortality.
Results
A wide range of NT-proBNP levels were observed (106 to >35,000 pg/ml). There was no difference in median NT-proBNP levels between patients with a cardiac and those with a noncardiac origin to their shock (3,046 pg/ml versus 2,959 pg/ml; P = 0.80), but an NT-proBNP value below 1,200 pg/ml had a negative predictive value of 92% for cardiogenic shock. NT-proBNP levels did not correlate with filling pressures or hemodynamics (findings not significant). NT-proBNP concentrations were higher in patients who died in the ICU (11,859 versus 2,534 pg/ml; P = 0.03), and the mortality rate of patients in the highest log-quartile of NT-proBNP (66.7%) was significantly higher than those in other log-quartiles (P < 0.001); NT-proBNP independently predicted ICU mortality (odds ratio 14.8, 95% confidence interval 1.8–125.2; P = 0.013), and was superior to Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score and brain natriuretic peptide in this regard.
Conclusion
Elevated levels of NT-proBNP do not necessarily correlate with high filling pressures among patients with ICU shock, but marked elevation in NT-proBNP is strongly associated with ICU death. Low NT-proBNP values in patients with ICU shock identifed those at lower risk for death, and may be useful in excluding the need for pulmonary artery catheter placement in such patients.
doi:10.1186/cc4839
PMCID: PMC1550815  PMID: 16507171
6.  Log-transformation improves the prognostic value of serial NT-proBNP levels in apparently stable pulmonary arterial hypertension 
Pulmonary Circulation  2011;1(2):244-249.
N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a product of cleavage of the cardiac prohormone pro B-type natriuretic peptide into its active form. It has proven to be a useful biomarker in left heart failure. However, studies examining the utility of serial measurements of NT-proBNP in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients have shown mixed results. We compared three methods of predicting adverse clinical outcomes in PAH patients: the change in 6 minute walk distance (6MWD), the change in absolute levels of NT-proBNP and the change in log-transformed levels of NT-proBNP. All PAH patients presenting from March-June 2007 were screened. Patients who were clinically unstable, had abnormal renal function or hemoglobin levels or lacked a prior NT-proBNP were excluded. 63 patients were followed up for adverse clinical outcomes (defined as death, transplantation, hospitalisation for right heart failure, or need for increased therapy). Three methods were used to predict adverse events, i.e.: (a) comparing a 6MWD performed in March-June 2007 and a previous 6MWD. A decrease in 6MWD of ≥30m was used to predict clinical deterioration; (b) comparing a NT-proBNP value measured in March-June 2007 and a previous NT-proBNP. An increase in NT-proBNP of ≥250pg/ml was used to predict clinical deterioration (250pg/ml represented approximately 30% change from the baseline median value of NT-proBNP for this cohort); and (c) comparing the loge equivalents of two consecutive NT-proBNP values. We used the formula: loge(current NT-proBNP) - loge(previous NT-proBNP)=x. A value of x≥+0.26 was used to predict adverse events. This is equivalent to a 30% change from baseline, and hence is comparable to the chosen cut-off for absolute levels of NT-proBNP. A loge difference of ≥+0.26 identifies patients at risk of adverse events with a specificity of 98%, a sensitivity of 60%, a positive predictive value of 89%, and a negative predictive value of 90%. A drop in 6MWD of ≥30m has a specificity of 29%, a sensitivity of 73%, a positive predictive value of 24% and a negative predictive value of 24%. It seems possible to risk-stratify apparently stable PAH patients by following the changes in their serial log-transformed NT-proBNP values. In this small pilot study, this method was better than relying on changes in the actual levels of NT-proBNP or changes in 6MWD. This needs to be validated prospectively in a larger cohort.
doi:10.4103/2045-8932.83450
PMCID: PMC3198650  PMID: 22034610
N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide; 6-minute walk distance; biomarker
7.  N-Terminal Pro-B-Type Natriuretic Peptide in Overweight and Obese Patients With and Without Diabetes: An Analysis Based on Body Mass Index and Left Ventricular Geometry 
Korean Circulation Journal  2009;39(12):538-544.
Background and Objectives
Several recent studies have shown that there is an inverse relationship between plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and body mass index (BMI) in subjects with and without heart failure. Obesity frequently coexists with diabetes, so it is important to consider the relationship between diabetes and natriuretic peptide levels. We evaluated the influence of diabetes on the correlation of BNP and BMI.
Subjects and Methods
We examined 933 patients with chest pain and/or dyspnea undergoing cardiac catheterization between Feb. 2006 and Nov. 2007 in the Maryknoll cardiac center who had creatinine levels <2.0 mg/dL and normal systolic heart function. BMI was checked, transthoracic echocardiography was performed, and aminoterminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was sampled at the start of each case.
Results
In 733 non-diabetic patients, mean plasma NT-proBNP levels of non obese individuals (BMI <23 kg/m2), overweight individuals (23≤ BMI <25 kg/m2), and obese individuals (BMI ≥25 kg/m2) showed a significant negative correlation with increasing BMI (856.39±237.3 pg/mL, 601.69±159.6 pg/mL, 289.62±164.9 pg/mL, respectively, p<0.0001). However, in 200 diabetic patients, the correlation between BMI and NT-proBNP was not significant (r=-0.21, p=0.19), and NT-proBNP did not correlate with mitral E/Ea in obese diabetic patients (r=0.14, p=0.56). NT-proBNP was significantly correlated with mitral E/Ea in the non-obese (r=0.24, p=0.008) and non diabetic (r=0.32, p=0.003) groups. Left ventricular (LV) mass index was significantly correlated with NT-proBNP in all BMI groups (r=0.61, p<0.001), and patients with concentric cardiac hypertrophy showed the highest NT-proBNP levels.
Conclusion
The present study demonstrates that obese patients have reduced concentrations of NT-proBNP compared to non obese patients despite having higher LV filling pressures. However, NT-proBNP is not suppressed in obese patients with diabetes. This suggests that factors other than cardiac status affect NT-proBNP concentrations.
doi:10.4070/kcj.2009.39.12.538
PMCID: PMC2801462  PMID: 20049140
B-type natriuretic peptide; Body mass index; Obesity
8.  Analysis of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and cardiac index in multiple injured patients: a prospective cohort study 
Critical Care  2008;12(5):R118.
Introduction
Increased serum B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) has been identified for diagnosis and prognosis of impaired cardiac function in patients suffering from congestive heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and sepsis. However, the prognostic value of BNP in multiple injured patients developing multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) remains undetermined. Therefore, the aims of this study were to assess N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) in multiple injured patients and to correlate the results with invasively assessed cardiac output and clinical signs of MODS.
Methods
Twenty-six multiple injured patients presenting a New Injury Severity Score of greater than 16 points were included. The MODS score was calculated on admission as well as 24, 48, and 72 hours after injury. Patients were subdivided into groups: group A showed minor signs of organ dysfunction (MODS score less than or equal to 4 points) and group B suffered from major organ dysfunction (MODS score of greater than 4 points). Venous blood (5 mL) was collected after admission and 6, 12, 24, 48, and 72 hours after injury. NT-proBNP was determined using the Elecsys proBNP® assay. The hemodynamic monitoring of cardiac index (CI) was performed using transpulmonary thermodilution.
Results
Serum NT-proBNP levels were elevated in all 26 patients. At admission, the serum NT-proBNP values were 116 ± 21 pg/mL in group A versus 209 ± 93 pg/mL in group B. NT-proBNP was significantly lower at all subsequent time points in group A in comparison with group B (P < 0.001). In contrast, the CI in group A was significantly higher than in group B at all time points (P < 0.001). Concerning MODS score and CI at 24, 48, and 72 hours after injury, an inverse correlation was found (r = -0.664, P < 0.001). Furthermore, a correlation was found comparing MODS score and serum NT-proBNP levels (r = 0.75, P < 0.0001).
Conclusions
Serum NT-proBNP levels significantly correlate with clinical signs of MODS 24 hours after multiple injury. Furthermore, a distinct correlation of serum NT-proBNP and decreased CI was found. The data of this pilot study may indicate a potential value of NT-proBNP in the diagnosis of post-traumatic cardiac impairment. However, further studies are needed to elucidate this issue.
doi:10.1186/cc7013
PMCID: PMC2592747  PMID: 18789145
9.  Usefulness of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide and C-reactive protein to predict ICU mortality in unselected medical ICU patients: a prospective, observational study 
Critical Care  2011;15(1):R42.
Introduction
The performance of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and C-reactive protein (CRP) to predict clinical outcomes in ICU patients is unimpressive. We aimed to assess the prognostic value of NT-proBNP, CRP or the combination of both in unselected medical ICU patients.
Methods
A total of 576 consecutive patients were screened for eligibility and followed up during the ICU stay. We collected each patient's baseline characteristics including the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE-II) score, NT-proBNP and CRP levels. The primary outcome was ICU mortality. Potential predictors were analyzed for possible association with outcomes. We also evaluated the ability of NT-proBNP and CRP additive to APACHE-II score to predict ICU mortality by calculation of C-index, net reclassification improvement (NRI) and integrated discrimination improvement (IDI) indices.
Results
Multiple regression revealed that CRP, NT-proBNP, APACHE-II score and fasting plasma glucose independently predicted ICU mortality (all P < 0.01). The C-index with respect to prediction of ICU mortality of APACHE II score (0.82 ± 0.02; P < 0.01) was greater than that of NT-proBNP (0.71 ± 0.03; P < 0.01) or CRP (0.65 ± 0.03; P < 0.01) (all P < 0.01). As compared with APACHE-II score (0.82 ± 0.02; P < 0.01), combination of CRP (0.83 ± 0.02; P < 0.01) or NT-proBNP (0.83 ± 0.02; P < 0.01) or both (0.84 ± 0.02; P < 0.01) with APACHE-II score did not significantly increase C-index for predicting ICU mortality (all P > 0.05). However, addition of NT-proBNP to APACHE-II score gave IDI of 6.6% (P = 0.003) and NRI of 16.6% (P = 0.007), addition of CRP to APACHE-II score provided IDI of 5.6% (P = 0.026) and NRI of 12.1% (P = 0.023), and addition of both markers to APACHE-II score yielded IDI of 7.5% (P = 0.002) and NRI of 17.9% (P = 0.002). In the cardiac subgroup (N = 213), NT-proBNP but not CRP independently predicted ICU mortality and addition of NT-proBNP to APACHE-II score obviously increased predictive ability (IDI = 10.2%, P = 0.018; NRI = 18.5%, P = 0.028). In the non-cardiac group (N = 363), CRP rather than NT-proBNP was an independent predictor of ICU mortality.
Conclusions
In unselected medical ICU patients, NT-proBNP and CRP can serve as independent predictors of ICU mortality and addition of NT-proBNP or CRP or both to APACHE-II score significantly improves the ability to predict ICU mortality. NT-proBNP appears to be useful for predicting ICU outcomes in cardiac patients.
doi:10.1186/cc10004
PMCID: PMC3221971  PMID: 21272380
10.  Diagnostic Values of Plasma, Fresh and Frozen Urine NT-proBNP in Heart Failure Patients 
Introduction: The plasma N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level is an important diagnostic and prognostic marker of heart failure. Recent studies have suggested urinary NT-proBNP as a new and simple test for diagnosis of heart failure. We aim to compare diagnostic value of plasma, fresh and frozen urine levels of N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) for detecting heart failure.
Methods: Between January 2010 and January 2012, we measured urine and plasma levels of NTproBNP in 98 patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and 29 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects.
Results: There were significant correlations between plasma NT-proBNP and fresh (r=0.45, p<0.001) and frozen (r=0.42, p<0.001) urine NT-proBNP concentrations in CHF patients. Due to receiver operating curve analysis, fresh and frozen urine NT-proBNP could diagnose HF with are aunder curve (AUC) of 0.73±0.04 (p<0.001) and 0.65±0.05 (p=0.01) with sensitivity and specificity of 73.97%, 58.62%, and 65.31%, 62.07%, for a cut-off of 94.2 and 96 pg/mL, respectively. Plasma NT-proBNP had greater AUC (0.94±0.02, p<0.001) and better sensitivity and specificity (94.9%, 89.66% for cut-off of 414.5 pg/mL). There was no significant correlation between LVEF and plasma, fresh and frozen urine NT-proBNP levels in CHF patients.
Conclusion: Plasma NT-proBNP is still the best diagnostic marker with high sensitivity and specificity; however, urinary especially fresh urine NT-proBNP may be a surrogate to plasma NTproBNP for diagnosing HF with acceptable accuracy.
doi:10.5681/jcvtr.2014.024
PMCID: PMC4097851  PMID: 25031827
Heart Failure; NT-proBNP; Fresh Urine; Frozen Urine; Plasma
11.  N-Terminal Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide Is Useful to Predict Cardiac Complications Following Lung Resection Surgery 
Background
Cardiovascular complications are major causes of morbidity and mortality following non-cardiac thoracic operations. Recent studies have demonstrated that elevation of N-Terminal Pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels can predict cardiac complications following non-cardiac major surgery as well as cardiac surgery. However, there is little information on the correlation between lung resection surgery and NT-proBNP levels. We evaluated the role of NT-proBNP as a potential marker for the risk stratification of cardiac complications following lung resection surgery.
Material and Methods
Prospectively collected data of 98 patients, who underwent elective lung resection from August 2007 to February 2008, were analyzed. Postoperative adverse cardiac events were categorized as myocardial injury, ECG evidence of ischemia or arrhythmia, heart failure, or cardiac death.
Results
Postoperative cardiac complications were documented in 9 patients (9/98, 9.2%): Atrial fibrillation in 3, ECG-evidenced ischemia in 2 and heart failure in 4. Preoperative median NT-proBNP levels was significantly higher in patients who developed postoperative cardiac complications than in the rest (200.2 ng/L versus 45.0 ng/L, p=0.009). NT-proBNP levels predicted adverse cardiac events with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.76 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.545~0.988, p=0.01]. A preoperative NT-proBNP value of 160 ng/L was found to be the best cut-off value for detecting postoperative cardiac complication with a positive predictive value of 0.857 and a negative predictive value of 0.978. Other factors related to cardiac complications by univariate analysis were a higher American Society of Anesthesiologists grade, a higher NYHA functional class and a history of hypertension. In multivariate analysis, however, high preoperative NT-proBNP level (>160 ng/L) only remained significant.
Conclusion
An elevated preoperative NT-proBNP level is identified as an independent predictor of cardiac complications following lung resection surgery.
doi:10.5090/kjtcs.2011.44.1.44
PMCID: PMC3249272  PMID: 22263123
Cardiac; Complication; Lung surgery; Prognosis
12.  Correlation between N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide and Doppler Echocardiographic Parameters of Left Ventricular Filling Pressure in Atrial Fibrillation 
Background
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia with a population prevalence of about 1%. Natriuretic peptide level is elevated in patients with AF with diastolic dysfunction even with a normal left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction. The N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level and Doppler echocardiographic parameters for diastolic function have shown correlation with LV filling pressures. We aimed to evaluate the relationship between echocardiographic parameters and serum NT-proBNP in patients with AF with preserved LV ejection fraction.
Methods
We examined transthoracic echocardiography and NT-proBNP levels in the patients with AF and patients with sinus rhythm. Blood samples were taken for serum NT-proBNP measurements within 24 hours of echocardiographic examination. The group 1 was the patients with sinus rhythm (n = 30, mean age 68 ± 13 years) and the group 2 was the patients with AF (n = 33, mean age 70 ± 14 years).
Results
The group 2 patients had significantly higher mitral E, E' (lateral annulus), E/E' (septal annulus), left atrial (LA) volume index, LA size, pulmonary vein diastolic velocity, and NT-proBNP level than those of group 1 patients (p < 0.05). The area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve showed a NT-proBNP had good diagnostic power for E/E' (septal annulus) > 15 in patients with AF at cutoff value of 433 pg/mL.
Conclusion
NT-proBNP level is well correlated with Doppler echocardiographic parameters of diastolic function in patients with AF and preserved LV ejection fraction. NT-proBNP level more than 433 pg/mL may suggest elevated LV filling pressure in patients with AF.
doi:10.4250/jcu.2011.19.1.26
PMCID: PMC3079081  PMID: 21519489
Atrial fibrillation; NT-proBNP; Doppler echocardiography
13.  The Effects of Super-Flux (High Performance) Dialyzer on Plasma Glycosylated Pro-B-Type Natriuretic Peptide (proBNP) and Glycosylated N-Terminal proBNP in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Dialysis 
PLoS ONE  2014;9(3):e92314.
Background
Plasma BNP levels are predictive of prognosis in hemodialysis patients. However, recent studies showed that the current BNP immunoassay cross-reacts with glycosylated proBNP, and the NT-proBNP assay underestimates glycosylated NT-proBNP. In addition, the recently developed high performance dialyzer removes medium-sized molecular solutes such as β2-microgloburin. We therefore investigated the effects of high performance dialysis on measured levels of glycosylated proBNP, glycosylated NT-proBNP and other BNP-related peptides in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on hemodialysis.
Method
The relationships between clinical parameters and BNP-related molecule were also investigated. We used our newly developed immunoassay to measure plasma total BNP and proBNP in 105 normal subjects and 36 ESRD patients before and after hemodialysis. Plasma NT-proBNP was measured using Elecsys II after treatment with or without deglycosylating enzymes. We also measured plasma ANP and cGMP using radioimmunoassays.
Results
All the measured BNP-related peptides were significantly higher in ESRD patients than healthy subjects. Total BNP (−38.9%), proBNP (−29.7%), glycoNT-proBNP (−45.5%), nonglycoNT-proBNP (−53.4%), ANP (−50.4%) and cGMP (−72.1%) were all significantly reduced after hemodialysis, and the magnitude of the reduction appeared molecular weight- dependent. Both the proBNP/total BNP and glycoNT-proBNP/nonglycoNT-proBNP ratios were increased after hemodialysis. The former correlated positively with hemodialysis vintage and negatively with systolic blood pressure, while the latter correlated positively with parathyroid hormone levels.
Conclusion
These results suggest that hemodialysis using super-flux dialyzer removes BNP-related peptides in a nearly molecular weight-dependent manner. The ProBNP/total BNP and glycoNT-proBNP/nonglycoNT-proBNP ratios appear to be influenced by hemodialysis-related parameters in ESRD patients on hemodialysis.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092314
PMCID: PMC3965412  PMID: 24667631
14.  Serial Measurements of N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease 
PLoS ONE  2015;10(1):e0117143.
Objective
To assess the prognostic value of 12-months N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide (NT-proBNP) levels on adverse cardiovascular events in patients with stable coronary heart disease.
Methods
NT-proBNP concentrations were measured at baseline and at 12-months follow-up in participants of cardiac rehabilitation (median follow-up 8.96 years). Cox-proportional hazards models evaluated the prognostic value of log-transformed NT-proBNP levels, and of 12-months NT-proBNP relative changes on adverse cardiovascular events adjusting for established risk factors measured at baseline.
Results
Among 798 participants (84.7% men, mean age 59 years) there were 114 adverse cardiovascular events. 12-months NT-proBNP levels were higher than baseline levels in 60 patients (7.5%) and numerically more strongly associated with the outcome in multivariable analysis (HR 1.65 [95% CI 1.33–2.05] vs. HR 1.41 [95% CI 1.12–1.78], with a net reclassification improvement (NRI) of 0.098 [95% CI 0.002–0.194] compared to NRI of 0.047 [95% CI −0.0004–0.133] for baseline NT-proBNP levels. A 12-month 10% increment of NT-proBNP was associated with a HR of 1.35 [95% CI 1.12–1.63] for the onset of an adverse cardiovascular event. Subjects with a 12-month increment of NT-proBNP had a HR of 2.56 [95% CI 1.10–5.95] compared to those with the highest 12-months reduction.
Conclusions
Twelve-months NT-proBNP levels after an acute cardiovascular event are strongly associated with a subsequent event and may provide numerically better reclassification of patients at risk for an adverse cardiovascular event compared to NT-proBNP baseline levels after adjustment for established risk factors.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117143
PMCID: PMC4309398  PMID: 25629613
15.  N-Terminal Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide Levels in the Korean General Population 
Korean Circulation Journal  2010;40(12):645-650.
Background and Objectives
B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) or N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) levels may serve as a useful marker of cardiovascular risk for screening of the general population. We evaluated reference levels and distribution of NT-proBNP in the Korean general population based on a large cohort study.
Subjects and Methods
We included 1,518 adult subjects (ages 40-69) of a community-based cohort from the Korea Rural Genomic Cohort (KRGC) Study. Thorough biochemical and clinical data were recorded for all subjects. Levels of NT-proBNP from all participants were determined. In order to determine normal reference levels, subjects with factors known to influence NT-proBNP levels were excluded.
Results
The characteristics of the cohort are described below; subjects were 41.2% male, and the mean age was 54.8±8.4 years. The distribution of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the cohort included hypertension (25%), left ventricular hypertrophy by electrocardiography (ECG-LVH) (15%), hypercholestolemia (4.5%), smoking (32%), diabetes (10.9%), history of coronary heart disease (4.9%), history of heart failure (0.9%), symptoms of heart failure (6.1%), elevated serum creatinine (≥1.5, 3.7%), and severe obesity (body mass index >30 kg/m2, 4.6%). The levels of NT-proBNP of all subjects are shown below; the mean was 60.1±42.1, and the median was 36.5 pg/mL. In addition, the levels of NT-proBNP of normal subjects (which did not have any risk factors, n=224) are shown below; the mean was 40.8, and the median was 32.1 pg/mL. In normal subjects, the NT-proBNP level was slightly higher in females (25.7±24.8 vs. 46.9±35.4, p<0.001). NT-proBNP level increased with age in both the normal population and the total population. There were no significant differences in NT-proBNP levels in subjects who smoked, or had diabetes mellitus, hypertension or ECG-LVH. However, in subjects with a history of congestive heart failure (CHF) (58.5±103.29 vs. 213.8±258.8, p<0.005), elevated serum creatinine levels (≥1.5 mg/dL, 146.2±98.2 vs. 54.3±38.1, p<0.001), or who were older (≥60, 48.4 vs. 84.2±139.5 pg/mL, p<0.05), the BNP level was higher. In addition, patients with more than 3 risk factors for CHF had higher BNP levels (risk 0: 40.8±34.0, 1-2: 57.4±93.2, ≥3: 85.0±152.9 pg/mL). NT-proBNP levels were also related with age, sex, urine albumin, serum Cr, and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (p<0.05).
Conclusion
We determined the reference value and distribution of NT-proBNP in the Korean adult general population. We also found that adjustments for the independent effects of age, sex and renal function appear necessary when determining cardiac risk based on proBNP levels.
doi:10.4070/kcj.2010.40.12.645
PMCID: PMC3025338  PMID: 21267387
Natriuretic peptides; Cohort studies; Population surveillance; Reference values
16.  Reference Limits for N-terminal-pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide in Healthy Individuals (From the Framingham Heart Study) 
The American journal of cardiology  2011;108(9):1341-1345.
N-terminal-pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a commonly measured cardiovascular biomarker in both ambulatory and hospital settings. Nonetheless, there are limited data regarding “normal” ranges for NT-proBNP in healthy individuals, despite the importance of such information for interpreting natriuretic peptide measurements. We examined a healthy reference sample free of cardiovascular disease from the Framingham Heart Study Generation 3 cohort; there were 2,285 subjects (mean age 38 years, 56% women). Plasma NT-proBNP levels were measured using the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys 2010 assay, and reference values (2.5, 50, 97.5 quantiles) were determined using empiric and quantile regression methods. Gender, age, and body mass index accounted for approximately 33% of the inter-individual variability in NT-proBNP in the reference sample. NT-proBNP values were substantially higher in women compared with men at every age, and levels increased with increasing age for both sexes. Using quantile regression, the upper reference values (97.5 quantile) for NT-proBNP were 42.5 pg/ml to 106.4 pg/ml in men (depending on age), and 111.0 pg/ml to 215.9 pg/ml in women. Intra-individual variability was assessed in an additional 12 healthy individuals, who had serial NT-proBNP measurements over a month. Intra-class correlation was 0.85, indicating that most of the variability in NT-proBNP concentrations was among-persons rather than within-persons. However, the reference change value was 100%, suggesting that small proportional differences in NT-proBNP could be attributable to analytic variability. In conclusion, the reference limits obtained from this large, healthy community-based sample may aid in the evaluation of NT-proBNP concentrations measured for both clinical and research purposes.
doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2011.06.057
PMCID: PMC3209520  PMID: 21864812
Natriuretic peptides; Cardiac Biomarkers; Heart Failure
17.  Carbohydrate Antigen-125 and N-Terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide Levels 
Texas Heart Institute Journal  2012;39(1):30-35.
Carbohydrate antigen-125 (CA-125) is emerging as a prognostic biomarker of risk in heart failure. In a prospective study, we compared the prognostic values of CA-125 and amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in patients with stable heart failure.
We enrolled 102 consecutive chronic, stable, systolic-heart-failure patients (68 men and 34 women; median age, 71 yr) from November 2008 through February 2010. We measured baseline NT-proBNP and CA-125 levels and compared their prognostic values. The primary endpoint was all-cause death and other major adverse events, defined as hospitalization for decompensated heart failure or acute coronary syndrome.
During a mean follow-up period of 14 ± 2 months, 12 patients died and 35 others sustained major adverse events. We found that CA-125 level significantly correlated with New York Heart Association functional class, pulmonary artery pressure, microalbuminuria, creatine kinase–MB fraction, and hemoglobin, albumin, and NT-proBNP levels. Upon receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, CA-125 and NT-proBNP had similar accuracy in predicting major adverse events and death: for major adverse events, area under the curve (AUC) was 0.699 for CA-125 (P=0.002) and 0.696 for NT-proBNP (P=0.002); for death, AUC was 0.784 for CA-125 (P=0.003) and 0.824 for NT-proBNP (P=0.001). Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that CA-125 levels greater than 32 U/mL and NT-proBNP levels greater than 5,300 pg/mL had independent prognostic value for major adverse events and death.
We conclude that baseline CA-125 and NT-proBNP levels are comparably reliable as heart-failure markers, and that CA-125 can be used for prognosis prediction in heart failure.
PMCID: PMC3298903  PMID: 22412224
Biological markers/blood; CA-125 antigen/blood; diagnostic tests, routine/utilization; health status indicators; heart failure/physiopathology; natriuretic peptide, brain/blood; predictive value of tests; sensitivity and specificity
18.  Relationship between natriuretic peptides and echocardiography parameters in patients with poorly regulated type 2 diabetes 
This study evaluated the relationship between natriuretic peptide levels and a wide range of echocardiography parameters in a population of thirty-three patients with poorly regulated type 2 diabetes, and no known heart failure. Natriuretic peptides brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal prohormone BNP (NT-proBNP) were measured. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed and cardiac volumes and ejection fraction were measured. Doppler and tissue Doppler were measured and diastolic function was stratified according to recent guidelines. Very few echocardiography parameters were correlated with BNP or NT-proBNP levels. However, left atrial end-systolic volume indexed for body surface area was correlated with natural logarithm (ln) BNP and ln NT-proBNP (r = 0.62 and r = 0.60; P < 0.05). There were significant differences in ln BNP and ln NT-proBNP levels between those with normal and those with abnormal diastolic function (1.4 vs 3.1; P < 0.001 and 3.4 vs 5.8; P < 0.001). This study showed that very few echocardiography parameters were correlated with BNP or NT-proBNP levels in patients with poorly regulated type 2 diabetes, which in part contradicts previous studies in other diabetic populations. The exception was left atrial end-systolic volume that showed a moderate correlation with BNP or NT-proBNP levels. There were significant differences in BNP and NT-proBNP levels between the group with normal left ventricular diastolic function and the group with abnormal diastolic function.
PMCID: PMC2882889  PMID: 20539839
type 2 diabetes; natriuretic peptides; echocardiography
19.  Variability of NT-proBNP and Its Relationship with Inflammatory Status in Patients with Stable Essential Hypertension: A 2-Year Follow-Up Study 
PLoS ONE  2012;7(2):e31189.
Background
The variability of NT-proBNP levels has been studied in heart failure, yet no data exist on these changes over time in hypertensive patients. Furthermore, studies on the relationship between natriuretic peptides and inflammatory status are limited.
Methodology/Principal Findings
220 clinically and functionally asymptomatic stable patients (age 59±13, 120 male) out of 252 patients with essential hypertension were followed up, and NT-proBNP was measured at baseline, 12 and 24 months. No differences in NT-proBNP were found with respect to the basal stage in the hypertrophic group, but significant changes were found in non-hypertrophic subjects. The reproducibility of NT-proBNP measurements was better in patients with hypertrophy than in the non-hypertrophic group for the three intervals (stage I-basal; stage II-stage I; stage II-basal) with a reference change value of 34%, 35% and 41%, respectively, in the hypertrophic group. A more elevated coefficient of correlation was obtained in the hypertrophic group than in patients without hypertrophy: basal versus stage I (r = 0.79, p<0.0001 and r = 0.59, p<0.0001) and stage I versus stage II (r = 0.86, p<0.0001 and r = 0.56, p<0.0001). Finally, levels of NT-proBNP significantly correlated with sTNF-R1 (p<0.0001) and IL-6 (p<0.01) during follow-up. A multivariate linear regression analysis showed that sTNF-R1 is an independent factor of NT-proBNP.
Conclusions/Significance
This work shows that there is good stability in NT-proBNP levels in a follow-up study of asymptomatic patients with stable hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy. As a consequence, assessment of NT-proBNP concentrations may be a useful tool for monitoring the follow-up of hypertensive patients with hypertrophy. Measured variations in peptide levels, exceeding 35% in a 12-month follow-up and 41% in a 24-month follow-up, may indicate an increase in cardiovascular risk, and therefore implies adjustment in the medical treatment. In addition, this study shows a link between neurohormonal and inflammatory activation in these patients.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031189
PMCID: PMC3285617  PMID: 22384001
20.  Serial Measurements of Serum NT-proBNP as Markers of Left Ventricular Systolic Function and Remodeling in Children with Heart Failure 
American heart journal  2010;160(4):776-783.
Background
Increasing serum levels of N-terminal pro-hormone brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) are associated with worsening heart failure (HF) in adults. We determined whether changes in NT-proBNP level are associated with changes in symptoms and left ventricular (LV) systolic function and remodeling in children with HF secondary to dilated cardiomyopathy.
Methods
We retrospectively examined associations between serum NT-proBNP levels and NYHA/Ross functional class, LV systolic and diastolic diameter (LVSD-z and LVDD-z), LV ejection fraction (LVEF), and LV shortening fraction (LVSF-z) using generalized linear mixed models. Fluctuation in functional class of subjects was also modeled using logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves.
Results
In 36 children (14 males), a 10-fold increase in NT-proBNP serum levels was associated (P<0.001) with a 9.8% decrease in LVEF, a 3.25-unit drop in LVSF-z, a 1.53-unit increase in LVDD-z, a 2.64-unit increase in LVSD-z, and an increased odds of being in functional class III/IV (OR 85.5; 95% CI, 10.9 to 671.0). An NT-proBNP level greater than 1000 pg/mL identified children constantly or intermittently in functional class III-IV with 95% sensitivity and 80% specificity. The reliability of a single NT-proBNP value was 0.61, but the means for two and three NT-proBNP values were 0.76 and 0.82, respectively.
Conclusions
In children with HF, NT-proBNP is associated with cardiac symptoms and indices of LV systolic dysfunction and remodeling. NT-proBNP >1000 pg/mL identifies highly symptomatic children. Within subject serial measurements of NT-proBNP are needed for a reliable and accurate determination of disease status and/or course.
doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2010.07.012
PMCID: PMC2964279  PMID: 20934575
21.  Combination of Quantitative Capnometry, N-Terminal Pro-brain Natriuretic Peptide, and Clinical Assessment in Differentiating Acute Heart Failure from Pulmonary Disease as Cause of Acute Dyspnea in Pre-hospital Emergency Setting: Study of Diagnostic Accuracy 
Croatian Medical Journal  2009;50(2):133-142.
Aim
To determine the diagnostic accuracy of the combination of quantitative capnometry (QC), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and clinical assessment in differentiating heart failure (HF)-related acute dyspnea from pulmonary-related acute dyspnea in a pre-hospital setting.
Methods
This prospective study was performed in the Center for Emergency Medicine Maribor, Slovenia, January 2005 - June 2007. Two groups of patients with acute dyspnea apnea were compared: HF-related acute dyspnea group (n = 238) vs pulmonary-related acute dyspnea (asthma/COPD) group (n = 203). The primary outcome was the comparison of combination of QC, NT-proBNP, and clinical assessment vs NT-proBNP alone or NT-proBNP in combination with clinical assessment, in differentiating HF-related acute dyspnea from pulmonary-related acute dyspnea (asthma/COPD) in pre-hospital emergency setting, using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC). The secondary outcomes were identification of independent predictors for final diagnosis of acute dyspnea (caused by acute HF or pulmonary diseases), and determination of NT-proBNP levels, as well as capnometry, in the subgroup of patients with a previous history of HF and in the subgroup of patients with a previous history of pulmonary disease.
Results
In differentiating between cardiac and respiratory causes of acute dyspnea in pre-hospital emergency setting, NT-proBNP in combination with PetCO2 and clinical assessment (AUROC, 0.97; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.90-0.99) was superior to combination of NT-proBNP and clinical assessment (AUROC, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.88-0.96; P = 0.006) or NT-proBNP alone (AUROC, 0.90; 95% CI, 0.85-0.94; P = 0.005). The values of NT-proBNP≥2000 pg/mL and PetCO2 ≤ 4 kPa were strong independent predictors for acute HF. In the group of acute HF dyspneic patients, subgroup of patients with previous COPD/asthma had significantly higher PetCO2 (3.8 ± 1.2 vs 5.8 ± 1.3 kPa, P = 0.009). In the group of COPD/asthma dyspneic patients, NT-proBNP was significantly higher in the subgroup of patients with previous HF (1453.3 ± 552.3 vs 741.5 ± 435.5 pg/mL, P = 0.010).
Conclusion
In differentiating between cardiac and respiratory causes of acute dyspnea in pre-hospital emergency setting, NT-proBNP in combination with capnometry and clinical assessment was superior to NT-proBNP alone or NT-proBNP in combination with clinical assessment.
ClinicalTrials.gov trial registration number
NCT00878475
doi:10.3325/cmj.2009.50.133
PMCID: PMC2681050  PMID: 19399946
22.  Secretion of Glycosylated Pro-B-Type Natriuretic Peptide from Normal Cardiomyocytes 
Clinical chemistry  2011;57(6):864-873.
Background
B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), a key cardiac hormone in cardiorenal homeostasis, is produced as a 108 amino acid pro-hormone proBNP1-108. proBNP1-108 is converted to a biologically active peptide BNP1-32 and an inactive NT-proBNP1-76. The widely accepted model is that the normal heart releases a proteolytically processed BNP1-32 and NT-proBNP, while the diseased heart secretes high amounts of unprocessed/glycosylated proBNP1-108 or inappropriately processed BNPs. In contrast, circulating proBNP1-108 has recently been identified in normal subjects, indicating that the normal heart also secretes unprocessed proBNP1-108. However, the mechanism of proBNP1-108 secretion from normal heart remains elusive. Our goal is to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying proBNP1-108 intracellular trafficking and secretion from normal heart.
Methods
We expressed pre-proBNP in cardiomyocytes, and determined the subcellular localization, dominant intracellular and extracellular forms of BNP.
Results
Intracellular immunoreactive BNPs accumulated in the Golgi apparatus, which were distributed throughout the cytoplasm as secretory vesicles. The predominant intracellular form of BNP was non-glycosylated proBNP1-108, rather than BNP1-32. Glycosylated proBNP1-108, but not non-glycosylated proBNP1-108, was detected as the major extracellular form in the culture supernatants of pre-proBNP-expressing cell lines or primary human cardiomyocytes. Ablation of O-glycosylation of proBNP1-108 at T71 residue, near the convertase recognition site, reduced the extracellular proBNP1-108 and increased extracellular BNP1-32.
Conclusions
Intracellular proBNP trafficking occurs through a conventional Golgi-ER pathway. Glycosylation of proBNP1-108 controls the stability and processing of extracellular proBNP1-108. Our data establish a new B-type natriuretic peptide secretion model where the normal cardiac cells secrete glycosylated proBNP1-108.
doi:10.1373/clinchem.2010.157438
PMCID: PMC3634583  PMID: 21482747
23.  Serum A-FABP Is Increased and Closely Associated with Elevated NT-proBNP Levels in Type 2 Diabetic Patients Treated with Rosiglitazone 
PLoS ONE  2011;6(10):e27032.
Background
Adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (A-FABP) has been shown to play important roles in the development of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. In this study we investigated the possible role of A-FABP in the development of cardiac dysfunction related to rosiglitazone treatment.
Methodology/Principal Findings
A total of 84 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were treated with rosiglitazone for 48 weeks. Circulating A-FABP and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels were determined at baseline and repeated at 24 and 48 weeks. After the 48-week rosiglitazone treatment period, serum levels of both A-FABP and NT-proBNP increased progressively and significantly (P<0.01). Serum levels of A-FABP were demonstrated to be positively correlated with gender and waist circumference both at baseline and the end of the study, and with age, body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and NT-proBNP at 48 weeks (all P<0.05). In addition, changes in A-FABP were significantly and positively correlated with changes in NT-proBNP (r = 0.239, P = 0.039). Furthermore, multiple stepwise regression analysis showed that the changes in A-FABP were independently and positively associated with changes in NT-proBNP after adjusting for confounding factors (β = 0.320, P = 0.007).
Conclusions/Significance
Rosiglitazone-mediated increase of A-FABP is closely associated with the elevation of NT-proBNP, a well-established marker of cardiac dysfunction. The findings of our study imply that A-FABP may mediate the cross-talk between heart and adipose tissue.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027032
PMCID: PMC3203940  PMID: 22046439
24.  The Relationship between Serum NT– Pro-BNP Levels and Prognosis in Patients with Systolic Heart Failure 
Introduction
Most studies reported using N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in diagnosis of heart failure but there is controversy about use of these tests in determining prognosis and classification of severity of heart failure. The objective of this study was to determine the value of plasma NT-proBNP levels assessment in evaluation of mortality and morbidity of patients with systolic left ventricular dysfunction.
Methods
A cohort study was performed in 150 patients with heart failure since September 2009 until February 2010. The patients were followed for 6 months to assess their prognosis. Patients were divided into two good and bad prognosis groups according to severity of heart failure in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class and frequency of hospital admission and mortality due to cardiac causes. Patients with good prognosis had ≥1 admission or no mortality or NYHA class ≥2 and patients that had one of this criteria considered as bad prognosis groups. Pro-BNP levels were measured at baseline and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was estimated with echocardiography. Data was analyzed with using Chi-square, t-test, ANOVA, Kruskal-Wallis tests.
Results
In patients with heart failure that enrolled in this clinical study, ten patients were lost during follow-up. The mean of NT-proBNP is significantly correlated with ejection fraction (p=0.003) and NYHA class (p<0.001). In our study among 140 patients who were follow-up for 6 months, 11(9.7%) of individuals died with mean NT-proBNP of 8994.8±8375 pg/ml, in survived patients mean NT-proBNP was 3756.8±5645.6 pg/ml that was statistically significant (P=0.02). Mean NT-proBNP in the group with good prognosis was 2723.8±4845.2 pg/ml and in the group with bad prognosis was 5420.3±6681 pg/ml, difference was statistically significant (P=0.0001).
Conclusion
Our study in consistent with other studies confirms that NT-proBNP is significantly correlated with mortality and morbidity. This could be predicting adverse out come and stratification in patients with heart failure. It is recommended that more research be performed in Iran.
doi:10.5681/jcvtr.2011.012
PMCID: PMC3825328  PMID: 24250954
Heart failure; Pro-BNP; Prognosis; Mortality; Morbidity
25.  Association of Serum Carotenoid Levels With N-Terminal Pro-Brain-Type Natriuretic Peptide: A Cross-Sectional Study in Japan 
Journal of Epidemiology  2013;23(3):163-168.
Background
Several epidemiologic studies have reported an inverse association between serum levels of carotenoids and cardiovascular disease risk. However, no studies have reported an association between serum carotenoids and N-terminal pro-brain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in the general population.
Methods
In this cross-sectional study, we investigated whether serum carotenoids were associated with serum NT-proBNP in 1056 Japanese subjects (390 men, 666 women) who attended a health examination. Serum levels of carotenoids were separately determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. Serum NT-proBNP level was measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay.
Results
Serum NT-proBNP was elevated (≥55 pg/ml) in 31.8% of men and 48.2% of women. Multivariate logistic regression analyses adjusted for confounding factors showed a significant association between the highest quartile of serum α-carotene and elevated NT-proBNP in men (odds ratio [OR] = 0.40, 95% CI = 0.19–0.82, P for trend = 0.005) and women (OR = 0.62, 95% CI = 0.39–0.99, P for trend = 0.047). In women, moreover, elevated serum NT-proBNP was significantly associated with serum canthaxanthin (OR = 0.57, 95% CI = 0.36–0.90 for highest quartile, P for trend = 0.026) and β-cryptoxanthin (OR = 0.53, 95% CI = 0.32–0.85 for highest quartile, P for trend = 0.026), after adjusting for potential confounders.
Conclusions
Higher levels of serum carotenoids were associated with lower risk of elevated serum NT-proBNP levels after adjusting for possible confounders, which suggests that a diet rich in carotenoids could help prevent cardiac overload in the Japanese population.
doi:10.2188/jea.JE20120087
PMCID: PMC3700260  PMID: 23474820
carotenoids; N-terminal pro-brain-type natriuretic peptide; cross-sectional study

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