ER (emergency room) test for heart failure proves effective:
This article was originally published in Clinica
A chemical marker test could be an effective emergency room tool for assessing congestive heart disease, according to research presented earlier this month at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Anaheim, California. The test measures brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), which is only released when the left ventricle is stretched due to its inability to pump blood effectively. Researchers from the VA Medical Center and University of California at San Diego, used the test, made by San Diego-based Biosite Diagnostics, on 100 patients and found that all 10 patients misdiagnosed by staff would have been identified by the test. An FDA panel was due to review Biosite's PMA application for the test on March 24, as Clinica went to press.
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