Heart Failure Diagnosis

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Quiz: Do You Understand Heart Failure Diagnosis?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Natriuretic peptide is the simplest test to diagnose heart failure.

Explanation:
The simplest test to do is a blood test called natriuretic peptide (NP). Natriuretic peptides are elevated in patients with heart failure. The patient can get this test done in a lab rather than having to go to a clinic or hospital.
2

An echocardiogram is an x-ray of the heart.

Explanation:
An echocardiogram is another test that can be useful in diagnosing heart failure. It’s an ultrasound of the heart that allows physicians to measure the pumping and relaxing functions of the heart.
3

Further testing for heart failure may include coronary angiogram.

Explanation:
Once your healthcare provider makes the diagnosis of heart failure, the next step will be determining why you have developed heart failure. Further testing may include electrocardiogram (ECG), CT scan, MRI, coronary angiogram and myocardial biopsy.
4

There are only a few medications that work to improve the heart's pumping function.

Explanation:
There are a number of medications that work to improve the heart’s pumping function and decrease heart failure symptoms, including beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, diuretics, angiotensin II receptor blockers and inotropes.
5

Too much sodium in your diet can lead to fluid retention.

Explanation:
Lifestyle changes will also determine how successful your chronic heart failure treatment will be. It’s important to avoid sodium in your diet, as this leads to fluid retention. Many patients benefit from a cardiac rehabilitation program, and regular exercise is essential for all patients.