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Diagnosis

Your doctor will review your medical history.

He or she will ask about:

  • Your family's history of heart disease

  • Any family members whose death was sudden and unexplained

  • Specific circumstances that trigger your heart-related symptoms

Your doctor will examine you, paying special attention to your heart.

This will be followed by:

  • An electrocardiogram (EKG). This test records the electrical activity of your heart.

  • A chest X-ray

  • Blood tests

  • An echocardiogram. This test uses sounds waves to create a picture of the heart at work.

You may also need other tests.

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