BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel) vs BNP (Brain Natriuretic Peptide)

by Bobbi on June 16, 2010

BMP and BNP was always difficult for me to differentiate when the provider dictated one or the other.  Up until about 6 months ago, I had not even heard of how some people know which one they are talking about.

The BMP (basic metabolic panel) is 8 specific tests with 8 values and the BNP (brain natriuretic peptide) is 1 test with 1 value.

If the provider is indicating there is only 1 value, you know it is BNP.  If the provider is indicating there is more than 1 value, you know it is BMP.  Obviously, if he is not indicating any values at all or saying anymore than just BMP or BNP, then your research would have to go on to something else.

BNP is a test that helps assess heart/lung status for things like congestive heart failure.

BMP test includes sodium, potassium, chloride, carbon dioxide, glucose, calcium, BUN, and creatinine.

Any other tests that anyone has any tips on to help us out?

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Adam September 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm


Banu September 21, 2011 at 2:37 am

Nice differentiation

Brenda January 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

This post is exactly what I am looking for. Clear and precise! I am going to look further. This looks like a great blog!

Bobbi January 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thank you for your positive comment! Be sure to check out our membership. There is a lot of information there, too.

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