Heart Failure (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Heart failure is a complex problem. So you will likely have several different tests over time. These tests can:
If you have symptoms that suggest heart failure, you may have:
An echocardiogram is the best and simplest way to diagnose heart failure. It also can help guide treatment.
Sometimes, because of a person's weight, breast size, or severe lung disease, an echocardiogram might not be accurate. If that happens, a cardiac blood pool scan may be done instead. It checks how well the left ventricle is pumping. But it's not as good at finding heart valve disease and a thick heart muscle.
Tests also may be done to find areas of the heart that are not getting enough blood. These tests include:
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