TIME-CHF: BNP-guided therapy misses the boat

BNP was no better than symptoms in guiding therapy for elderly CHF patients, according to a new study published in JAMA (2009;301(4):383-392). The study was originally presented last summer at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Munich. In an accompanying editorial in JAMA, Ileana Pina and Christopher O’Connor conclude…

…that “while the BNP level may prove to be a useful tool for guiding therapy, it may be the method of reduction of BNP levels that matters most in improving outcomes for patients with heart failure.”

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