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Can ECG detect heart failure?

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Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Not exactly

Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that entails either lung symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, difficulty lying flat) or peripheral symptoms (lower extremity swelling) that are caused by one of a number of heart conditions.
So good old fashioned history and physical exam are best. Having said that, depending on the specific cause of heart failure, the ECG may provide corroborating evidence.

In brief: Not exactly

Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that entails either lung symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, difficulty lying flat) or peripheral symptoms (lower extremity swelling) that are caused by one of a number of heart conditions.
So good old fashioned history and physical exam are best. Having said that, depending on the specific cause of heart failure, the ECG may provide corroborating evidence.
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