Study in ACC - BNP, Gal-3 levels predict 60-day readmission
For patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), measurement of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and galectin-3 (Gal-3) before discharge can predict hospital readmission within 60 days, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Sangita Sudharshan, M.D., from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues enrolled and followed 101 participants with a primary diagnosis of ADHF. The authors obtained Gal-3, high-sensitivity troponin I, and BNP within 48 hours before hospital discharge, after management of ADHF. Data were compared for subjects who were and were not readmitted.