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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. 

 

Dr Holly Atkinson

This video features Dr Holly Atkinson. Dr. Holly Atkinson specializes in Internal Medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Duration: 1:31. Last Updated On: May 25, 2014, 5:09 a.m.
Reviewed by: Dr Holly Atkinson, Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: Feb. 1, 2013
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