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    Congestive Heart Failure: Which Lab Tests Are Important?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    An accurate diagnosis is imperative when a patient is experiencing heart issues. For this reason, a cardiologist might order several diagnostic procedures to collect as much information as possible about a person’s condition. These tests can provide a comprehensive look at how the heart works. Congestive heart failure, a condition that diminishes the heart’s ability to supply oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, may require one or more of the following diagnostic procedures:

    Stress Test                                                     
    When under stress, a healthy heart increases its pumping rate so that it can send out a greater amount of oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood. However, because congestive heart failure can reduce the heart’s pumping capacity, it may adversely affect its ability to supply more blood to the body when active. A stress test can monitor how the heart reacts when the body is in motion. During this procedure, the patient may be asked to walk, jog, or bike as the medical team observes his or her heart activity.

    Electrocardiogram
    The heart’s rhythm can impact how much blood it can move with each contraction. An irregular heartbeat can significantly alter heart activity, making it harder for this organ to supply the blood the body needs. An electrocardiogram can show cardiologists the pattern of a patient’s heart rate while at rest. This noninvasive test involves the application of electrodes to the patient’s chest that can compile and send information to an attached monitor, which shows the heartbeat in real time.

    Basic Metabolic Panel
    A basic metabolic panel offers one of the easiest ways for a heart doctor to gather information about a patient’s cardiac health. This test involves only the drawing of a blood sample from the patient for laboratory analysis. This analysis can break down the many components in the blood. If any irregularities are found, this may indicate the presence of congestive heart failure. For a more extensive evaluation, a cardiologist may recommend a comprehensive metabolic panel.

    If you have a heart condition, Cardiac Solutions has the staff and treatment services needed to successfully manage it. If you are suffering from the signs of congestive heart failure, such as fatigue and edema, don’t wait another day to schedule an evaluation at one of our five Phoenix-area heart clinics. Call (623) 208-5305 today to speak with one of our friendly associates. 

    Get to Know the Basics of Circulation

    Last updated 5 days ago

    To perform well, your cells require a constant supply of oxygen. This video demonstrates how the heart enables the rest of your body to survive and thrive.

    Your health depends on your blood circulation. Nutrient-depleted blood makes its way to the heart, where it is then sent to the lungs to receive oxygen. The blood returns to the heart, which pushes it out to the arteries. Not only does the heart need to move an adequate supply of blood with each contraction, but it also must pump blood at a regular rate so that the cells are never lacking the oxygen they need for optimal function.

    Cardiac Solutions offers a range of cardiology services for the residents of Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment with a heart doctor, call (623) 208-5305 today.

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