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