BNP scores for CHF

By jshul43 Latest Reply 2011-12-04 01:58:02 -0600
Started 2011-11-26 23:44:18 -0600

My father was diagnosed with CHF about 15 years ago. He has HBP and had a triple bypass. About six years ago he got a defibrillator and a couple of pacemakers. He is now 88 years old. He recently went in hospital for bowel obstruction surgery. He had some A fibs I think they said. They put him on Amidiarone. He was released from hospital but had to go back in a couple days later because of fluid in his extremities and lungs. They did blood work including BNP. The nurse said it was 2400 and the upper limit should be 100. Not sure what that means. I think he is getting out of hospital tomorrow. How do I have an idea of his prognosis?

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jshul43 2011-12-02 23:03:30 -0600 Report

Thanks for the clear info. Makes more sense than everything else I read'. Dad is now out of hospital and most of the swelling is gone. He is still pretty weak. But is able to walk. We go back to doctors on Monday.

HeartHawk 2011-12-04 01:58:02 -0600 Report


That's great news. Keep in touch and let the community know how things are going and let us know if you have more questions.


HeartHawk 2011-11-27 22:52:32 -0600 Report


BNP is a substance secreted from the ventricles or lower chambers of the heart in response to changes in pressure that occur when heart failure develops and worsens. The level of BNP in the blood increases when heart failure symptoms worsen, and decreases when the heart failure condition is stable. The BNP level in a person with heart failure – even someone whose condition is stable – is higher than in a person with normal heart function. You can read more about it here.

The upper limit for normal heart function is indeed 100pg/ml. Anythng above 900 pg/ml is evidence of severe heart failure.

Keep us informed of how things go with your father. Many HeartConnect Community members are also fighting vsrious stages of CHF and may be able to offer valuable experience.