Simple blood test for heart failure should be more widely available, say MPs

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 13 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4953
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

All clinical commissioning groups in England should ensure that a simple blood test to measure natriuretic peptide levels is widely available to speed up the diagnosis of heart failure, a parliamentary report recommends.1

Raised levels of natriuretic peptides in the blood can indicate whether a patient has heart failure, as well as the severity of the condition. The NT-proBNP blood test costs under £28 and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Patients with a very high level of natriuretic peptide in …

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