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Why do doctors use a chest X-ray for heart disease?

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Your doctor uses a chest X-ray to:

  • Look at your chest bones, heart, and lungs
  • See if your pacemaker, defibrillator, or other heart devices are in place
  • To check on any catheters and chest tubes you may have

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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