The BNP test is a heart failure blood test. It measures the level of a hormone in your blood called B-type Natriuretic Peptide. Your heart’s pumping chambers – the ventricles – produce extra BNP when they can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. So if your BNP level is high, you probably have heart failure. The higher your BNP level is at diagnosis, the worse your heart failure is likely to be.
I just talked to Dr. Rao. Gabi’s BNP number is 178… the lowest it has ever been!!!! We are just thrilled. Her weight loss is def. due to needing more calories rather than complete heart failure. Thank goodness!
Just for a reference, we have an HLHS friend’s BNP number has been as low as the teens. Another HLHS friend that is on the transplant list is in the thousands.
Gabi has been as high as 1000 before her Glenn surgery about a year ago today. A “normal” healthy person with 4 chambers would have a BNP of zero.
“When there is no struggle, there is no strength.”