Diagnostic Tests for Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Diagnostic Test list for Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy includes:
- Radionuclide studies
- Chest x ray
- Cardiac catheterization
- Heart muscle biopsy
Tests and diagnosis discussion for Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: By listening through a stethoscope, a physician may hear the abnormal heart sounds characteristic of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy The electrocardiogram (EKG, or ECG) may help diagnose the condition by detecting changes in the electrical activity of the heart as it beats.
Echocardiography is one of the best tools for diagnosing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It uses sound waves to detect the extent of muscle-wall thickening and to assess the status of the heart's functioning.
Physicians also may request radionuclide studies to gather added information about the disease's effect on how the heart is pumping blood.
Other tests that also may provide useful information are the chest x ray, cardiac catheterization, and a heart muscle biopsy.1
Diagnosis of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy:
- People about to begin an exercise program as well as athletes need to be checked for heart abnormalities
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Cardiomyopathy: NHLBI
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