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New Blood Test Better Identifies Heart Failure Patients in ER
Date:11/11/2008

s in multiple ways," he said. "First, they identify those patients who should 'move to the front of the line' with respect to immediate therapeutic interventions. In the emergency setting, untreated acute heart failure worsens rapidly and can lead to respiratory compromise, intubation with mechanical ventilation and even death. Second, these markers can help determine which patient might need longer courses of in-patient therapy to stabilize. Finally, the astute clinician will follow patients with poor prognostic markers more closely after discharge to prevent relapse and readmission. All in all, a superior risk stratification is a safer risk stratification and leads to better patient management."

Coauthors are: W. Frank Peacock, M.D.; Christian Mueller, M.D.; Richard Nowak, M.D.; Inder Anand, M.D.; Robert Christenson, Ph.D.; Lori B. Daniels, M.D.; Salvatore Di Somma, M.D.; Gerasimos Filippatos, M.D.; Christopher Hogan, M.D.; Martin Moeckel, M.D.; Sean-Xavier Neath, M.D., Ph.D.; Leong Ng, M.D.; Piotr Ponikowski, M.D., Ph.D.; A. Mark Richards, M.D., Ph.D.; Alan H.B. Wu, Ph.D.; Judd Landsberg, Ph.D.; and Paul Clopton, M.S. Individual author disclosures can be found on the abstract.

The study was funded by BRAHMS AG.

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