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can an ekg and having blood drawn and tested show heart failure?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Not on their own : Heart failure is diagnosed by taking a good history and performing a careful physical examination of the patient. The ekg and a blood test such as bnp are supplemental to the diagnosis.
Dr. Antonella Quattromani
Cardiac Electrophysiology 39 years experience
CHF: The ECG can show signs of enlargement of the heart and other abnormalities that can be associated with CHF there is a blood test called bnp that can indicate congestive heart failure.
Dr. Nicholas Cavarocchi
Critical Care 43 years experience
Heart failure is a clinical diagnosis confirmed at times with BNP (lab test), echocardiogram and occasionally cardiac cath. EKG only does little to help with the diagnosis.
Dec 16, 2013

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