How is heart failure diagnosed? What are the symptoms?

Multiple tests. -Based on Signs and symptoms A blood test to check for a substance called natriuretic peptide -Other tests such as a chest X-ray, a urine test or other blood tests may also be advised to rule out other causes of the symptoms. -A 'heart tracing' (electrocardiogram, or ECG). Also, an ultrasound scan of the heart (echocardiogram) may be done. Refer to: http://patient.info/health/heart-failure-leaflet.
Heart failure. is diagnosed based on symptoms of: shortness of breath with activity, at rest, or while lying supine (in that order as the severity increases), swelling of the abdomen (liver: with pain in the right upper abdomen) and swelling of the legs (or back if the person is lying down all the time). Echocardiography can confirm that the function of the heart is poor.

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