Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) Test
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Having lung disease, such as Reference emphysema Opens New Window or Reference chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Opens New Window.
- Having Reference kidney disease Opens New Window, kidney dialysis, or a Reference heart attack Opens New Window.
- Age. BNP values normally increase with age but will stay within a normal range unless heart failure is present.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 25, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology