Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
V.I.A. Health System
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Cardiac-Neuro Services

Testing for Heart Failure

Commonly Ordered Tests in Patients with Heart Failure include:

  • Laboratory blood work: To check drug levels, chemistry, blood counts, etc.
  • Prothrombin Time (INR): To monitor blood thinning from warfarin (Coumadin).
  • Chest X-ray: To evaluate fluid in the lungs.
  • Echocardiogram:  To evaluate how well the heart pumps and valves function.
  • Exercise Stress Testing:  To evaluate coronary artery blockages.
  • Cardiac Catheterization:  To evaluate coronary artery blockages, heart pressures and blood flow to vital organs.
  • Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing (VO2):  To evaluate exercise tolerance and effectiveness of medicines.