NT-pro-BNP for differential diagnosis in patients with syncope

Giorgio Costantino, Monica Solbiati, Giuseppina Pisano, Raffaello Furlan

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NT-pro-BNP has been proposed as a good predictor of syncope adverse outcome in the Emergency Department (ED) [Pfister R, Diedrichs H, Larbig R, Erdmann E, Schneider CA. NT-pro-BNP for differential diagnosis in patients with syncope. Int J Cardiol 2008 Jan 29]. We hereby summarize four critical points that should be taken into account when seeking to identify a cardiac cause of syncope or dealing with a risk stratification approach of the patient in the ED. The first issue is that patients admitted to the hospital after syncope are usually sicker than those discharged because of a higher rate of co-morbidity. Secondly, the focus on discharged patients is of paramount importance to assess the goodness of a predictor. Aging, which affects NT-pro-BNP levels, is a limiting factor in interpreting results. Finally, in order to add valuable information to the clinical practice, we suggest to compare results obtained by NT-pro-BNP values and the most used prognostic risk scores, such as the OESIL and SFSR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-299
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • Diagnosis
  • NT-proBNP
  • Syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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