Parkview North Laboratory is pleased to announce the addition of 4 new tests to its current on-site test menu. The new tests are C-reactive protein (inflammatory), Prealbumin, Gentamicin, and Vancomycin. The addition of these tests is effective immediately.
Now available at Parkview Huntington Hospital, NT-pro Brain-type Natriuretic Peptide (NT-pro BNP)
N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide is a cardiac hormone that can be measured in serum and heparin plasma (lithium heparin or sodium heparin). The NT-proBNP assay is used for individuals suspected of having congestive heart failure. Measurements can be used as an aid in both the diagnosis of, and assessment of the severity of the disease. It is also an aid in distinguishing congestive heart failure from other causes of dyspnea (shortness of breath/difficulty breathing) such as COPD, asthma, pneumonia or pulmonary embolism. Increased values (>125 pg/ml) may be considered positive and indicative of heart failure.
Reference range: <75 years: 0 - 125 pg/ml
>75 years: 0 – 450 pg/ml
No Critical values have been
Specimen: 1-ml serum or heparin plasma (lithium or sodium heparin)
Tubes should be centrifuges and serum or plasma separated from cells within 2 hours of collection.
Sample is stable for 3 days at room temp or refrigerated (2-8*C). Frozen serum or plasma is stable for 12 months at -20*C. Turn-around-Time: less than 60 minutes from collection to result release. Reference specimens will be resulted within 60 minutes of receipt
Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.