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What is an electrocardiogram used for to diagnose heart failure?

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This records the electrical impulses traveling through the heart. During the test, your doctor puts small, flat, sticky patches called electrodes on your chest. They are attached to a monitor that charts your heart's electrical activity on graph paper. This test can tell your heart rhythm and give a general roadmap of your heart's ability to pump blood.

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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