Screening for Heart Failure

The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.

Screening Tests or Guidelines

There are no current guidelines for routine screening for heart failurein the absence of symptoms. You may be recommended for an echocardiogram if are considered at high risk for developing heart failure. High risk includes:


Heart failure. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated October 7, 2013. Accessed October 9, 2013.

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