UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: BNP levels

Keywords: congestive heart failure, bnp, chf (PubMed Search)

Posted: 10/17/2011 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 9/22/2023)
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Elevated BNP levels are found in conditions besides acutely decompensated CHF. These conditions can include:
Older age
Renal failure
Severe sepsis
Chronic CHF

These conditions will often produce BNP elevations in an intermediate range, but if the elevation is markedly positive, the acutely decompensated CHF is much more likely.

[adapted from ACEP speaker Matthew Strehlow, MD]