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Congestive Heart Failure

Alternate Names : Heart Failure, CHF, Left-Sided Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The diagnosis of CHF begins with a careful medical history and physical exam. It can be confirmed by tests such as an echocardiogram. This test uses ultrasound waves to create a picture of heart muscle and valve function. Nuclear medicine scans may also be ordered. Cardiac catheterization, is a more invasive procedure that gives a view of the blood flow through the heart. Doctors may also use blood tests to diagnose and to guide treatment.


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Congestive Heart Failure: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Bill Harrison, MD
Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 09/05/02



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