What is the role B-type natriuretic peptide studies in the workup of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Ronald J Oudiz, MD, FACP, FACC, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal BNP have been shown to be elevated in patients with IPAH, and levels appear to be prognostic. [18] Data are conflicting as to whether changes in BNP over time are also predictive.


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