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Tests & Treatment

Get information about the types of tests done to diagnose diseases and medical conditions, as well as the treatments that are available today, in this section.

Unload Study Overview

Diuretics stop working for many people with advanced heart failure, so scientists developed a procedure known as ultrafiltration. The UNLOAD study compared the safety and efficacy of ultrafiltration with that of diuretic drugs. What did they find?

RAPID-CHF Study Overview

The Rapid-CHF study was designed to compare the safety of ultrafiltration with that of diuretic drugs. Find out how the Rapid-CHF study worked. See more »

Unload Study Overview

The UNLOAD study compared the safety and efficacy of ultrafiltration with that of diuretic drugs. Learn more about the UNLOAD study. See more »

Euphoria Trial Overview

The EUPHORIA trial studied the use of ultrafiltration in heart failure patients with fluid overload and diuretic resistance. Learn about the EUPHORIA trial. See more »


Ultrafiltration is a medical therapy used to remove excess salt and water from the bodies of patients who have a condition called fluid overload. See more »

A cholesterol test is the first step in getting your blood-cholesterol level under control. Find out what happens in this simple blood test. See more »

Which women should get MRIs in addition to mammograms?

In March 2007, two different sources released information recommending that MRI be included in the standard breast-cancer testing regimen for certain women. See more »

Will elastography replace biopsies for confirming a cancer diagnosis?

Elastography is an imaging technique similar to ultrasound. Learn how elastography diagnoses tumors based on the hardness of the affected tissue. See more »

How does an oral HIV test work?

A recently FDA-approved rapid HIV test (one that doesn't have to be sent to a laboratory for processing) can use blood, serum or oral fluids with equal accuracy. See more »

Atrial fibrillation is a serious, but treatable heart disease characterized by arrhythmia. Learn about the many treatment options that relieve symptoms and prevent serious complications. See more »

Background facts on bee sting therapy and MS is good information to know for your overall health. Learn more about background facts bee sting therapy and ms from Discovery Health. See more »