How is cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The first step in diagnosing cardiomyopathy may be a physical exam in which your doctor will look for symptoms such as swelling in your legs and irregularities in your heartbeat. Afterwards, several tests can determine the shape of your heart and whether blood is flowing properly. These may include a chest x-ray, an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram, a CT scan or an MRI. In some cases your doctor may perform a cardiac catheterization in order to examine a piece of heart tissue.

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