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Heart failure is a condition caused by a combination of diseases or factors that damage or overwork the heart muscle, resulting in its inability to pump blood efficiently to meet the requirements of the organs of the body.
Galectin-3 is a protein which has recently been identified as a mediator of heart failure development and progression.1 It is used in conjunction with clinical evaluation as an aid in assessing the prognosis of people with chronic heart failure.2 Galectin-3 levels > 17.8 ng/mL are associated with a more progressive form of heart failure.
Fasting is not required for this test. Please take all medications as prescribed.
This test can also be ordered as a panel with:
1. Christenson R, Duh SH, Wu AB, et al. Multi-center determination of galectin-3 assay performance characteristics: Anatomy of a novel assay for use in heart failure. Clin Biochem. 2010 May; 43(7-8):683-690.
2. BG Medicine BGM Galectin - 3™ (Galectin-3 Assay) Product Insert. Waltham, Mass BG: BG Medicine Ind; November 2010.
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