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How Congestive Heart Failure is Diagnosed

Congestive heart failure is a serious condition where the heart can not pump blood effectively. However, with the correct diagnosis, heart failure can be treated by your cardiologist.

How Congestive Heart Failure is Diagnosed

Methods for Diagnosing Congestive Heart Failure

There are multiple methods that can be effective in monitoring and diagnosing congestive heart failure. Your cardiologist may choose one or more of these tests to determine your diagnosis:

Chest X-Ray

A chest x-ray produces images of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. This method is a non-invasive way of giving a cardiologist a clear image of the structures of the chest.

Stress Test

This test monitors the heart under a controlled situation. A patient’s heart rate and blood pressure are observed after they are given an injection or during exercise on a treadmill.

Cardiac MRI

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) creates detailed images of the heart using radio waves and magnets. Cardiac MRI’s are similar to x-rays but can be more detailed.


This medical imaging technique uses x-rays to take pictures of blood vessels. Angiograms take 45 to 60 minutes and utilizes a dye injected into the bloodstream to make the arteries visible on an x-ray.


Electrocardiograms (EKG) monitor the rhythm of the heart or its electrical activity at rest. This test allows a cardiologist to identify irregularities in the heart’s rhythm.


This test uses sound waves to create images of the heart. Echocardiograms are known as diagnostic cardiac ultrasounds which measure the function of the heart.

Cardiac Catheterization

This method utilizes a catheter that is inserted into an artery or vein. During cardiac catheterization, blood flow to the heart is monitored.

You can learn more about the methods of diagnosis here.

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