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My mom has a very high level bnp, over 4500. She had open

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My mom has a very high level bnp, over 4500. She had open heart surgery back on Dec 6th. She is back in the hospital after having shortness of breath. When she was admitted a week ago her bnp was 900 then Sunday it was 1200 and today over 4000. Any ideas?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) issecreted by the heart's ventricles in response to worsening congestive heart failure. Any level above 900 pg/mL indicates severe heart failure. Congestive heart failure can result in shortness of breath. You can read more about congestive heart failure below.

http://www.medicinenet.com/congestive_heart_failure/article.htm

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
She has had chest xray and and many other tests and feels OK but her level after the BNP test keep going up. How serious is this? They are thinking about sending her home with these high levels. I am concerned about doing so.
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 years ago.

There is no way to say if going home is a good idea or not without knowing her entire medical history and results of all tests she as had. The clinicians who are treating her are the ones most able to say what is best for her. Decreased kidney function can also result in higher than normal levels of BNP even in mild heart failure.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
not worth the money I paid
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 years ago.
Sorry I don't have a crystal ball. I will opt out and see if someone else does.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 years ago.
Sorry i don't have a crystal ball. I will opt out in case someone else wants to divine the problem.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
ok thanks for "opting out"
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 6 years ago.
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