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What do doctors look for when taking a blood test for heart failure?

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They look at the health of your kidneys and thyroid gland and measure your cholesterol levels. They also check if you have anemia, which happens when you don't have enough healthy red blood cells.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Common Tests for Heart Failure," "Symptoms & Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

UpToDate: "Natriuretic peptide measurement in heart failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Coronary angiogram: Overview."

Cleveland Clinic: "Myocardial Biopsy."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Common Tests for Heart Failure," "Symptoms & Diagnosis of Heart Failure."

UpToDate: "Natriuretic peptide measurement in heart failure."

Mayo Clinic: "Coronary angiogram: Overview."

Cleveland Clinic: "Myocardial Biopsy."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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