Definition of B-type natriuretic peptide

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

B-type natriuretic peptide: A 32-amino-acid polypeptide secreted by the ventricles of the heart in response to excessive stretching of heart muscle cells. The levels of B-type natriuretic peptide are elevated in patients with congestive heart failure, and correlate with both the severity of symptoms and the prognosis. Also known as BNP.

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In the U.S., 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. See Answer

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