Use for prognostication in heart failure. Test complements prognostic value of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP).
Quantitative Enzyme Immunoassay
Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transport 1 mL serum. (Min: 0.2 mL)
Plasma. Visibly hemolyzed specimens
After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 4 months (Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)
Effective November 16, 2015
Less than or equal to 22.1 ng/mL
An elevated concentration of galectin-3 is associated with increased cardiovascular risk and adverse outcome in patients with heart failure. Medical management should rely on clinical findings.
Low risk: less than or equal to 17.8 ng/mL
Intermediate risk: 17.9-25.9 ng/mL;
Higher risk: Greater than 25.9 ng/mL.
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