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Your Doctor's Exam for Heart Failure

Heart Failure and the Physical Exam

Your doctor can also tell about your heart's function by examining other parts of your body such as your arms, legs, and skin.

Your doctor may detect fluid in the lungs using the stethoscope. In addition, people with heart failure may have distended or enlarged neck veins, swelling of the legs (edema) or abdomen, or an enlarged liver indicating too much fluid.

Heart Failure and Blood Tests

Your doctor may recommend blood tests to check your cholesterol and other markers such as BNP, or B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) blood test, that may indicate heart disease.

 

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on May 16, 2014

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