The heart failure specialists on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital take a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating guests with heart failure.
Your doctor will diagnose heart failure based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and test results. The signs and symptoms of heart failure also are common in other conditions. Thus, your doctor will:
Early diagnosis and treatment can help people who have heart failure live longer and enjoy more active lives.
Medical and Family Histories
Your doctor will ask whether you or others in your family have or have had a disease or condition that can cause heart failure.
Your doctor also will ask about your symptoms. They will want to know which symptoms you have, when they occur, how long you've had them, and how severe they are. Your answers will help show whether and how much your symptoms limit your daily routine.
During the physical exam, your doctor will:
No single test can diagnose heart failure. If you have signs and symptoms of heart failure, your doctor may recommend one or more tests.
Your doctor also may refer you to a cardiologist. A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating heart diseases and conditions.
Possible tests to diagnose heart failure include:
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In some cases, these tests and procedures are provided on an outpatient basis in The Heart Hospital's Outpatient Services facility. For a physician referral, patients may call 1.855.9BAYLOR (1.855.922.9567). Referring physicians may call 469.814.3480 to schedule a patient for evaluation.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System.