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What can a chest X-ray show?

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It can show your doctor if you have:

  • Fluid in or around your lungs
  • Enlarged heart
  • Blood vessel problems, such as an aortic aneurysm. This is a bulge in your aorta, the vessel that carries blood from your heart to your chest and beyond.
  • Congenital heart disease (heart problems you’re born with)
  • Calcium build-up in the heart or blood vessels, which could make a heart attack more likely

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Chest X Ray," "What is a Chest X Ray?" "How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?"

RadiologyInfo.org: "Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)."

CDC: “Aortic Aneurysm Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chest X-rays,” “Heart disease.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Chest X Ray," "What is a Chest X Ray?" "How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?"

RadiologyInfo.org: "Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)."

CDC: “Aortic Aneurysm Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chest X-rays,” “Heart disease.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

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