Detecting heart failure typically involves a comprehensive assessment, encompassing a review of your medical history, a physical examination, and the analysis of blood and/or cardiac imaging test results. Many patients become aware of their heart failure condition when presenting symptoms leads them to seek emergency medical attention, commonly due to experiences like shortness of breath, with or without swelling.
Various blood and imaging tests play a crucial role in evaluating heart function and detecting potential damage. Your healthcare provider may recommend the following:
It is common for these tests to be repeated over time to track changes in heart function and determine whether it remains stable, improves, or worsens with ongoing treatment. Regular monitoring through these assessments allows healthcare professionals to tailor and adjust treatment plans effectively based on the evolving status of your heart health.