How Is Congestive Heart Failure Diagnosed?
One or more of the following tests may be done if congestive heart failure is suspected:
Chest x-rays can show heart enlargement and build-up of fluid in the lungs.
Echocardiograms measure the heart’s size and movement during contraction and relaxation and calculate the ejection fraction.
ECGs (electrocardiograms) record the electrical activity of the heart and show changes in heart rhythm and wall thickness.
Heart catheterization involves 2 types of test. In one test, a catheter is inserted into the heart to measure the pressures and flows to see how well the heart is working to fill and empty as a pump. In the other test, dye is injected into the coronary arteries to check for blockages as a possible cause of heart failure. One or both parts may be necessary.
Other scans may be done using injections of radioactive tracers to look for correctable causes of heart failure.
In order to discover more about congestive heart failure and its potential causes and ramifications please view this PDF by the American Heart Association.
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