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B-type natriuretic peptide levels - A new biomarker in the acute coronary syndrome

Katerina Vitlianova


Currently, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) are recommended as diagnostic and risk stratification tools in relation to heart failure (1). The main stimulus for their secretion is myocardial wall stress in response to myocyte stretch. It is assumed that the elevated BNP levels indicate the degree of the ischemia - induced left ventricular dysfunction in relation to the pathological left ventricle strain and overload in patients with ACSs (2)...

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Katerina Vitlianova
Medical Faculty, University of Sofia

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