Chronic heart failure, or CHF does not mean the heart stops beating. Instead, the symptoms are shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and swelling, and all that means is the heart is not functioning properly so a quick diagnosis is vital.
Now, the FDA has approved a new 15-minute blood test that can accurately help in diagnosing CHF. It works by measuring levels of a certain hormone called B-Type Naturetic Peptide. "It's secreted by the heart in response to stress and when the heart is simply not working well, it makes this hormone," says Kenneth Burnham, Cardiologist.
Studies show this test scored higher than traditional methods of finding CHF in the emergency room.