Screening for Heart Failure
Screening Tests or GuidelinesThere 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:
- Strong family history of cardiomyopathy
- Long-term high blood pressure
- Previous heart attack
- Use of medications that are toxic to the heart, such as chemotherapy for cancer
Heart failure. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 7, 2013. Accessed October 9, 2013.
McMurray JJ, Ostergren J, et al. Effects of candesartan in patients with chronic heart failure and reduced left-ventricular systolic function taking angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors: the CHARM-Added trial. Lancet. 2003;362:767.
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