Many other imaging tests are used to look at how well your heart is able to pump blood and the extent of heart muscle damage.
You may have a chest x-ray done in your doctor's office if your symptoms suddenly become worse. However, a chest x-ray cannot diagnose heart failure.
Ventriculography is another test that measures the overall squeezing strength of the heart (ejection fraction). Like an echocardiogram, it can show parts of the heart muscle that are not moving well. This test uses x-ray contrast fluid to fill the pumping chamber of the heart and evaluate its function. It is often done at the same time as other tests, such as coronary angiography.
MRI of the heart may be done to check how much heart muscle damage is present. It can also help detect the reason for a patient's heart failure.
Stress tests are done to see whether the heart muscle is getting enough blood flow and oxygen when it is working hard (under stress). Types of stress tests include:
- Nuclear stress test
- Exercise stress test
- Stress echocardiogram
Your doctor may order a heart catheterization if any imaging tests show that you have narrowing in one of your arteries, or if you are having chest pain (angina).