Congestive Heart Failure Symptoms And Assessment Findings

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Doctors can often make a preliminary diagnosis of heart failure by medical history and careful physical examination.

A thorough medical history may identify risks for heart failure that include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease or history of heart attack
  • Thyroid problems
  • Obesity
  • Lifestyle factors (such as smoking, alcohol use, and drug use)

The following physical signs, along with medical history, strongly suggest heart failure:

  • Enlarged heart
  • Abnormal heart...
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