B-type natriuretic peptide levels and benign adiposity in obese heart failure patients.


Cardiology Department, Heraklion University Hospital, University of Crete, School of Medicine, Heraklion, Greece. [Email]


Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of chronic heart failure (CHF) and does not only pose diagnostic challenges, but also has prognostic implications for these patients. Paradoxically, obese patients with CHF have a better prognosis than thinner individuals. In recent years, it has been demonstrated that the adipose tissue, even in patients with HF, is not always detrimental, and that obesity may coexist with a phenotype of benign adiposity without systemic metabolic abnormalities. Experimental data have shown that natriuretic peptides (NPs), and in particular brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), play a major role in the communication of the heart with the adipose tissue. Body fat distribution and adipose tissue function show a large degree of heterogeneity among depots and may explain the complex relationship between NPs and body fat. NPs can affect both the quality and the behaviour of fatty tissue, promoting a healthy adipocyte phenotype, and can favourably affect body fat metabolism. In this article, we review the existing literature on the bidirectional effects of BNP and adipose tissue in HF and highlight the complexity of this relationship.


Body mass index,Heart failure,Natriuretic peptides,Obesity,