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Healthy Heart Blood test (BNP)

At Fusion Healthcare we know offer a BNP (B-type natriuretic peptide) blood test so you can know more about your cardiac health.

A BNP blood test is a blood test which measures the level of B-type natriuretic peptide in the blood. BNP is a vital hormone and helps the body compensate for heart failure. BNP is measured to diagnose and treat heart failure. Higher than normal levels of BNP are suggestive of a cardiac problem. Additionally, BNP in the blood is cleared by the kidneys, so high levels may also be suggestive of kidney problems.

Who should have this test?

Healthcare providers recommend this test in order to check for cardiovascular disease. A BNP blood test may be recommended if you have the following symptoms:

  • Cough, which gets worse when lying down
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased urination during the night (nocturia)
  • Swelling (oedema) of the abdomen, ankles, legs, and feet

Diagnosing heart failure

Mild heart failure can be difficult to diagnose. When Doctors suspect heart failure, they often use a BNP blood test and an electrocardiogram to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity.  

In heart failure, the chambers of the heart are stressed which causes them to produce and release extra BNP. BNP is very useful in diagnosing heart failure. Normal levels of BNP make heart failure less likely, so Doctors can investigate for other conditions which may be causing a similarity in symptoms. However, patients with suspected heart failure and high levels of BNP can receive prompt treatment and therapy.

Blood Test Price: £90

 

You can take our Healthy heart package

At Fusion Healthcare, we offer an electrocardiogram (ECG) scan which can be combined with the BNP blood test to give you a comprehensive look at your cardiac health. 

For me information, please do not hesitate to contact us.