The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
There are no current guidelines for routine screening for heart failure in the absence of symptoms.
You may be recommended for an echocardiogram if are considered at high risk for developing heart failure. High risk includes:
Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114099/Heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction . Updated September 1, 2017. Accessed September 15, 2017.
McMurray JJ, Ostergren J, Swedberg K, et al. Effects of candesartan in patients with chronic heart failure and reduced left-ventricular systolic function taking angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors: the CHARM-Added trial. Lancet. 2003;3629386):767-771.
Last reviewed September 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
Last Updated: 9/17/2014