Roche NT-proBNP

The gold standard biomarker in heart failure

Elecsys® NT-proBNP
Improved heart failure management is key to better patient outcomes and quality of life.1-3
Heart failure (HF) management can be challenging.2,4,5 Roche NT-proBNP is a well-established HF biomarker that can accurately provide objective information to support clinical decision making from diagnosis to monitoring.4,6,7,9-24 NT-proBNP is recognised as the gold standard HF biomarker because it is a powerful prognosticator and has analytical advantages over BNP, especially in settings where patients are treated with a medication that inhibits the degradation of natriuretic peptides.22,23,27
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Roche NT-proBNP can help support your clinical decisions at every stage of patient care.4,6-26


As supported by recent international heart failure guidelines.4,6,7




As an initial test for diagnosis before echocardiography, Roche NT-proBNP is clinically validated to:

  • Support HF diagnosis procedure in both non-acute and acute settings1,4,6,7

  • Improve the specificity and accuracy of HF diagnosis, as the only biomarker with validated age-specific cutoffs10,14

In-hospital management

In-hospital management

Roche NT-proBNP can aid patient discharge planning. Pre-discharge absolute value of, and relative changes in, Roche NT-proBNP during hospitalisation can:

  • Provide valuable prognostic information17-19
  • Help identify patients at risk of hospital readmission or death in the following 6 months17-19
Disease monitoring

Disease monitoring

Roche NT-proBNP is a powerful prognosticator of patient outcomes, and is superior to BNP as a biomarker in patients treated with an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNi).7,20-27

Monitoring NT-proBNP levels over time can provide insight into patients' disease progression.6,7,20,22,27

Assay specifications28

  • Assay time

    9 minute STAT assay, 18 minute assay

  • Sample material

    Li-heparin, K2-EDTA and K3-EDTA plasma




  • Sample volume

    15 μL


  • Measuring range

    5 - 35,000 ng/L

  • Sample stability

    Stable for 3 days at 20-25 °C, 6 days at 2-8 °C, 24 months at -20 °C (± 5 °C). Freeze only once.


NT-proBNP: N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide




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  28. Roche Diagnostics Ltd. Roche NT-proBNP package insert