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What tests might your doctor suggest to find out if you have systolic heart failure?

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The tests might include:

Blood tests: Abnormal levels of important substances can show strain to organs due to heart failure.

EKG: This records the electrical activity of your heart.

Chest X-ray: It will let your doctor know if you have an enlarged heart. It can also show congestion.

Echocardiogram: This uses sound waves to make a video image of your heart.

Exercise test: It measures how your heart responds when it has to work hard.

Heart catheterization: It will show any blockages or weakened arteries.

From: What Is Systolic Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Types," "Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Heart failure (Beyond the Basics)."

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?"  "Types of Heart Failure," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Baptist Health: "Systolic Heart Failure."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Heart Failure?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Understanding Heart Failure: Types," "Understanding Heart Failure: Symptoms."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Heart failure (Beyond the Basics)."

American Heart Association: "What is Heart Failure?"  "Types of Heart Failure," "Causes of Heart Failure," "Warning Signs of Heart Failure," "Common Tests for Heart Failure."

Cedars-Sinai: "Heart Failure."

Baptist Health: "Systolic Heart Failure."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Heart Failure?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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