Basically, all blood work was great. My BNP, which was at 700+ before, is now at 107. 700 is severe heart failure, 50-100 is NORMAL!!!! There is no new echo until August, so I won't know those numbers. But I'm feeling pretty darn good, almost normal, so this is all a very good sign. Of course I'm on a bunch of meds. But I'll take it.
BNP is a measurement of an enzyme produced in the blood. Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), now known as B-type natriuretic peptide or Ventricular Natriuretic Peptide (still BNP), is a 32-amino acid polypeptide secreted by the ventricles of the heart in response to excessive stretching of heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes).
From Web MD:
- Check for heart failure. A doctor may think you have heart failure if you are having problems such as trouble breathing and swelling (edema) in the arms or legs.
- Find out how severe heart failure is.
- Check the response to treatment for heart failure.
Time will tell what this all means. But for now, just had to share.
AND now the Cardiomyopathy warrior!!!
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