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Diagnosing Congestive Heart Failure

There is no single test to diagnose heart failure. Your doctor may order blood tests, electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram or an MRI.

When symptoms suggest congestive heart failure it is important to be proactive and contact a doctor for a physical examination. 

There is no single test to diagnose heart failure. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, perform a physical exam and see if you have any risk factors for heart failure such as high blood pressure. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains what else you can expect from the doctor. Diagnostic tests may include an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram, and cardiac catheterization. The purpose of these tests is to evaluate heart function and to detect artery disease, valve dysfunction and heart attack. 

 

Holly Atkinson, MD

This video features Holly Atkinson, MD. Dr. Atkinson specializes in internal medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist.

Duration: 1:31. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: Feb. 1, 2013
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