Diagnosing Your Heart Health

Though heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are treatment options that can help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. So talk to your doctor if you experience symptoms that could be signs of heart disease or heart failure, such as an abnormal heart beat (fluttering or racing), shortness of breath with minimal activity, lightheaded or dizzy feeling, swelling (edema) of the legs or feet, or pain in chest, jaw, back, or arms and legs. The first step to diagnosing and managing your heart health is to get an echocardiogram (echo) or a home study Holter monitor. The echo is a widely used, non-invasive ultrasound test which produces a live, video image that allows physicians to see the structures and functioning of the heart and recommend the best treatment plan for the heart condition. The Holter monitor is a device that can monitor your heart rate over a 24 hour period in your home, school or work environment. KDMC also provides echo services for pediatric patients, from infants born with congenital heart defects to children and adolescents whose heart function has been affected by illness or disease.


  • Measure blood flow through the heart
  • Evaluate heart muscle function and strength
  • Evaluate function of heart valves
  • Assess infection, blood clots or fluid in or around the heart

Heart failure is when your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. Learn about the different types of heart failure, and the treatments that can help you manage it.

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King's Daughters Medical Center

601.833.6011  |  427 Highway 51 North, Brookhaven, MS 39601

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