n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Identifying high-risk patients with acute dyspnoea in the emergency setting : drug trends in cardiology

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1680-0745



Extracted from text ... 172 CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF SOUTH AFRICA Vol 16, No. 3, May/June 2005 Drug Trends The emergency care of patients with acute dyspnoea could be greatly im proved by the availability of an accurate and reliable test with good diagnostic and prognostic value. Shortness of breath (SOB) is among the most common complaints in any emergency department. An important cause of this condition in the emergency setting is congestive heart failure (CHF) and diagnosis may be inaccurate with a clinical assessment. A number of recent trials have highlighted the plasma NT-proBNP assay which can provide more accurate diagnosis and has predictive value ..

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