How is heart failure diagnosed?

Diagnosis of heart failure. Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and examine you. He or she may also ask you about your medical history.

There are a number of tests your doctor may recommend that you have. Some examples are listed below.
• Blood and urine tests can check your blood count, your liver and kidney function and other indicators of heart failure.
• An ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart to see how well it's working.
• An echocardiogram uses an ultrasound probe to check the structure of your heart and see how well it's functioning.

If your doctor thinks your symptoms could also be the result of lung problems, he or she may recommend you have:
• a chest X-ray to confirm if you have heart failure and to rule out other conditions
• lung function tests, such as peak flow measurements or spirometry tests, to show how well your lungs are working

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