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How is cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

In some cases, cardiomyopathy does not have any presenting symptoms, particularly in the early stages. This is because the heart can often overcompensate for any problems it has by working harder. To make a diagnosis, your doctor will look at presenting symptoms, conduct a physical examination and perform some diagnostic tests including a chest X-ray, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram and blood tests.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Heart failure

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