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07.08.2018 | Original Article - E‑Learning | Ausgabe 10/2018 Open Access

Netherlands Heart Journal 10/2018

A comparison of the prognostic value of BNP versus NT-proBNP after hospitalisation for heart failure

Netherlands Heart Journal > Ausgabe 10/2018
G. C. M. Linssen, T. Jaarsma, H. L. Hillege, A. A. Voors, D. J. van Veldhuisen



Concentrations of circulating B‑type natriuretic peptides provide important prognostic information in heart failure (HF) patients. We directly compared the prognostic performance of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) versus N‑terminal-proBNP (NT-proBNP) measurements in a large population of HF patients at hospital discharge after an admission for decompensated HF.

Methods and results

BNP and NT-proBNP were measured in 563 stable HF patients before discharge. All patients were followed for a fixed period of 18 months. The primary endpoint was time to first major event (HF hospitalisation or death).
Patients were in NYHA class II (47%) or III/IV (53%) at discharge and the mean age of the patients was 71 ± 11 years, 217 (39%) females, mean left ventricular ejection fraction was 0.32 ± 0.14 and 234 (42%) had an ischaemic aetiology of HF. During the study, 236 patients (42%) reached the primary endpoint. Multivariate odds ratios of the primary endpoint for doubling of baseline levels of BNP and NT-proBNP were 1.46 (95% CI 1.19–1.80, p < 0.001) and 1.45 (95% CI 1.18–1.78, p < 0.001), respectively. The multivariable adjusted areas under the receiver-operating characteristic curve for prediction of the primary endpoint for doubling of BNP and NT-proBNP were 0.69 and 0.68, respectively. Direct comparison of the prognostic value of BNP and NT-proBNP did not reveal significant differences.


BNP and NT-proBNP at discharge for hospitalisation for HF are powerful, and equally strong and independent predictors of all-cause death and HF rehospitalisation.
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