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Takami, Y., Horio, T., Iwashima, Y., et al. (2004) Diagnostic and prognostic value of plasma brain natriuretic peptide in non-dialysis-dependent CRF. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 44, 420-428.

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  • TITLE: Effect of thermal therapy using hot water bottles on brain natriuretic peptide in chronic hemodialysis patients

    AUTHORS: Yoko Uchiyama-Tanaka

    KEYWORDS: BNP; Brain Natriuretic Peptide; Chronic Heart Failure; Chronic Kidney Disease; Hemodialysis; Hot Water Bottle Thermal Therapy

    JOURNAL NAME: Health, Vol.5 No.2, February 28, 2013

    ABSTRACT: Introduction: The use of repeated thermal therapy for improving the symptoms of chronic heart failure (CHF) has been recently demonstrated. Usually, thermal therapy requires an infrared dry sauna. However, it is difficult for small clinics to acquire such an expensive and extensive system. The author assessed the efficacy of its substitution with hot water bottles. Moreover, there are no prior studies demonstrating the efficacy of thermal therapy in hemodialysis patients with chronic heart failure. Methods: The author evaluated plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in 98 hemodialysis patients in a clinic. A total of nine patients whose BNP levels were more than 500 pg/mL agreed to be enrolled in this study and received thermal therapy using hot water bottles. Results: Plasma BNP levels, a potential marker for CHF, tended to decrease (891 ± 448 pg/mL to 680 ± 339 pg/mL), but the difference was not significant (P = 0.0845). The oral temperature changed from 36.44℃± 0.45℃ to 37.04℃ ± 0.48℃ (+0.597℃, P