Taking the first step
If you think that you might be experiencing symptoms of heart failure, the first step should always be to speak to a doctor. The doctor will perform an examination and ask a few questions to help determine a possible diagnosis. If necessary, the doctor may recommend one or more tests, including1:
Electrocardiogram (ECG) - a simple test that can be used to check your heart's rhythm and electrical activity1.
Chest X-ray - produces images of your heart, lungs, blood vessels, airways, and the bones of your chest and spine to help detect problems1.
Echocardiography – an ultrasound scan of the heart that gives important information about the heart’s structure and function1
Blood tests - to check whether there's anything in your blood that might indicate heart failure or another illness1.
Coming to terms with diagnosis
Finding out that you have heart failure could leave an impact on your life. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You and your loved ones are not alone. With the right support network, proper guidance from your doctor, and lifestyle changes, many can still go on to live a full and happy life.
Can it be treated?
Chronic heart failure is a long-term condition. While it is irreversible, it can be managed to keep the symptoms under control and slow down the disease progression.
Learn more about how you can manage heart failure here.