Your patient was admitted with shortness of breath and has a new diagnosis of heart failure. Which of the following labs indicate the patient is suffering from severe heart failure?


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- BNP 850 pg/mL

- BNP 8.5 pg/mL

- HDL 192 mg/dL

- CVP 8 mmHg


BNP can help quantify the severity of heart failure. A BNP from 600-900 pg/mL indicates severe heart failure. HDL is a measurement of the high densitiy lipoporteins, which would not provide any further information abotu heart failure. CVP (central venous pressure) is reflective of the blood pressure in the vena cava and within normal range.

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