Michelle Badash, MS
The first step your doctor will take to assess whether you have
congestive heart failure
(CHF) is to discuss your medical history and conduct a complete physical exam.
During the physical exam, your doctor will look for some of the characteristic signs of CHF, such as:
Afterwards the physical exam, your doctor may recommend tests to help make the diagnosis and assess the degree of damage. Examples of these tests include:
Brain natriuretic peptide—a heart secretion. Brain Natriuretic Peptide website. Available at:
http://www.brainnatriureticpeptide.net/. Accessed August 7, 2012.
Heart failure. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated August 3, 2012. Accessed August 7, 2012.
How is heart failure diagnosed? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website. Available at:
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hf/diagnosis.html. Updated January 9, 2012. Accessed August 7, 2012.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Michael J. Fucci, DO
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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