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Percent of Heart Failure Patients Given An Evaluation of Heart Function (Heart Function/ LVS - Left Venticle Systolic Function)

The proper treatment for heart failure depends on what area of your heart is affected. An important test that measures how your heart is pumping is called an “evaluation of the left ventricular systolic function.” It can tell your health care provider whether the left side of your heart is pumping properly. Other ways to check on how your heart is pumping include:

  • your medical history
  • a physical examination
  • listening to your heart sounds
  • other tests as ordered by a physician (such as ECG (electrocardiogram), chest x-ray, blood work, and echocardiogram)

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