Cardiac failure

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

 

Pathology tests may be helpful in determining the cause, detecting exacerbating conditions, evaluating electrolyte abnormalities, especially in relation to drug treatment, and in monitoring drug treatment eg, Digoxin.

See Drug assays - therapeutic drug monitoring. B-Type natriuretic peptide or NT-BNP may be used for screening, diagnosis and monitoring the response to therapy.

Myocardial ischaemia, including

  • Myocardial infarction




See Chest pain

Hypertension

 

Cardiomyopathy

 

Congenital heart disease

 

Valvular heart disease

 

Pericardial disease

See Pericarditis.

Anaemia

 

Hyperthyroidism

 

Hypothyroidism