echocardiogram is the best and simplest way to
diagnose heart failure. It also can help guide
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
Tests also may be done to find areas of the heart that are not getting enough blood. These tests include:
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March 12, 2014
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