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    How is cardiomyopathy diagnosed?

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    Dr Alistair Begg

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Alistair Begg is a Cardiologist with 15 years experience in private practice.He is actively involved in Cardiac Rehabilitation and patient education including a number … View Profile

    A cardiomyopathy is typically diagnosed from an examination of the patient’s medical history, a complete physical examination (which may reveal an extra heart sound or a heart murmur), chest X-ray, and specific tests such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), which may show features of a thickened or damaged heart muscle. However, the most reliable method is with an echocardiogram (ultrasound) which can measure very accurately the thickness of the heart muscle wall ,size of the heart chambers,damage to the heart muscle,and assess for other problems with the heart at the same time, including valve problems.

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