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What will the doctor ask before figuring out the right treatment for heart failure?

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First, your doctor will want to know if you:

  • Have other conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, angina, high blood pressure, or other heart problems
  • Smoke
  • Drink alcohol, and how much
  • Take medications, and which ones

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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