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Restrictive Cardiomyopathy Evaluation

The evaluation of restrictive cardiomyopathy begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with restrictive cardiomyopathy may include:

Less common physical findings in someone with restrictive cardiomyopathy include:

Testing is required to make the diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy.

Tests that may be used to evaluate restrictive cardiomyopathy include:

Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate restrictive cardiomyopathy include:
  • MRI scan of the heart:
    • Shows detailed images of the heart and coronary arteries
    • Detects structural abnormalities of the heart
  • SPECT scanning of the heart:
    • Detects blood flow abnormalities to heart muscle
  • Coronary artery CT scanning:
    • Checks for possible obstructions in the coronary arteries
    • Can show a build-up of calcium in a coronary artery

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Restrictive Cardiomyopathy References
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