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Outcomes Matter

The Temple Heart Transplantation Program performs above the expected national average, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients’ 5-tier outcome assessment system. 

Clinical Trials May Offer Hope for Patients with Heart Failure

The Temple Heart & Vascular Institute enrolls numerous patients in clinical trials each year. Learn more about the heart failure related clinical trials that are currently offered at Temple.

Heart Failure Diagnosis

To diagnose heart failure your doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and review the results of blood tests. Other tests that your doctor will often use include:

  • Chest X-ray is a non-invasive test that takes pictures of the heart and lungs; these can help the doctor determine if there’s a problem that is causing chest pain.
     
  • Echocardiogram is a non-invasive test using ultrasound (sound waves) and a device called a transducer—which is placed on the surface of the chest—to create a moving picture of the heart. It shows the size and shape of the heart chambers, including any damage to the heart muscle.
     
  • Electrocardiogram is a simple non-invasive test that can be done in the doctor’s office using small adhesive pads called electrodes that are placed on the arms, legs, and chest. These electrodes are connected to a machine that detects and prints out the heart's electrical impulses, giving a 10-second snapshot of what the heart is doing right at that moment.
     
  • Heart catheterization is used to detect abnormalities of the heart valves, heart function and coronary arteries. This procedure uses a catheter (long, thin, flexible tube) that is inserted through a blood vessel in the wrist, leg, arm or neck to measure the pressure of blood in the heart chambers, take blood samples or view heart structures (using contrast dye).
     
  • MRI uses radio waves and a powerful magnetic field to produce detailed images of internal structures.
     
  • Other possible tests include: nuclear heart scan and special tests to check for coronary artery disease; valve disease; or heart arrhythmias