Heart Failure Screening

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Congestive heart failure (CHF), also called heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can no longer pump blood as efficiently as it used to. This causes blood and other fluids to back up in the body – particularly in the liver, lungs, hands, and feet. The Heart Failure Screening includes 10 blood tests and ECG to detect heart problems. NT-proBNP will reflect this diminished capacity of the heart to deliver oxygenated blood to the body and 9 more tests will give a healthcare provider important information about the current status of a person's metabolism, including the health of the kidneys, electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as levels of blood glucose and inflammation marker - CRP.

About

The heart has two sides and four chambers. The right side of the heart receives oxygen-depleted blood from the body and sends it to the lungs. The left side of the heart receives oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body.


CHF is a serious, progressive condition that is usually chronic and can be life-threatening. It may affect the right side, left side, or both sides of the heart. In people with CHF, reduced amounts of oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the body's organs, which can cause damage and loss of function.


There are a number of different causes of CHF. Most often, the heart has been damaged, either by high blood pressure (hypertension), previous heart attacks, or direct damage to the heart muscle (termed cardiomyopathy). CHF can also occur when there is damage to the valves within the heart or with scarring in the pericardium, the membrane surrounding the heart. Rarely, CHF occurs when the heart is forced to beat more forcefully than normal, as in severe hyperthyroidism, and cannot keep up with the demand. The risk of CHF is increased in those who are overweight, have diabetes, smoke, or who abuse alcohol or cocaine.


CHF is common in the elderly as the heart becomes less efficient with age. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates that about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure. For people over the age of 65, it is one of the most common causes of hospitalization.

Preparation

You may need to fast (nothing but water) for 10 to 12 hours prior to the blood draw.

Indications

The most common signs and symptoms of heart failure are:
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen, and veins in the neck
All of these symptoms are the result of fluid build-up in your body. When symptoms start, you may feel tired and short of breath after routine physical effort, like climbing stairs.


As your heart grows weaker, symptoms get worse. You may begin to feel tired and short of breath after getting dressed or walking across the room. Some people have shortness of breath while lying flat.


Fluid build-up from heart failure also causes weight gain, frequent urination, and a cough that's worse at night and when you're lying down. This cough may be a sign of acute pulmonary oedema (e-DE-ma). This is a condition in which too much fluid builds up in your lungs. The condition requires emergency treatment.

Interpretation

ECG


You’ll be able to get the results of your ECG immediately. The recordings may need to be looked at by a specialist doctor to see if there are signs of a potential problem.


NT-proBNP


Higher-than-normal results suggest that you have some degree of heart failure, and the level of BNP or NT-proBNP in the blood may be related to its severity. Higher levels of BNP or NT-proBNP are often associated with an increased need for aggressive therapy. In some individuals with chronic heart failure, the markers may remain elevated and cannot be used to monitor response. Normal results indicate that signs and symptoms are likely due to something other than heart failure.


Metabolic panel (the rest 9 tests)


Results of the tests that are part of the Metlyte Plus panel are typically evaluated together to look for patterns of results. A single abnormal test result may mean something different than if several test results are abnormal. For example, a high result on just one of the liver enzyme tests has different implications than high results on several liver enzyme tests. Out-of-range results for any of the tests in the Metlyte Plus panel can be due to a variety of different conditions, including, for example, kidney failure, breathing problems, and diabetes-related complications. Typically, if any results are out-of-range, one or more follow-up tests are performed to help pinpoint the cause and/or help establish a diagnosis. See the test pages on the individual tests for more detailed information about each one: BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) Creatine Kinase (CK, CPK) Chloride (Cl-) Creatinine C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Glucose Potassium (K+) Sodium (Na+) Bicarbonate (tCO2)

Disclaimer

The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

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