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Asking questions about your medical history
and doing a physical exam for
atrial fibrillation can reveal important information
about your health and will often direct more testing.
may ask the following questions:
During the physical exam, your doctor will:
Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation, like lightheadedness, palpitations,
and chest pain, can be caused by other health problems. A medical history and physical exam will help your doctor find out what is causing your symptoms.
You will need further tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), to diagnose atrial fibrillation.
Findings of the history and physical exam may
include the following.
Findings that may suggest atrial fibrillation or
heart failure include:
Further testing will be done if your history and physical
exam suggest atrial fibrillation.
It is important to provide your
doctor with detailed information about your past health and
Other health problems that can cause symptoms similar to atrial fibrillation include other abnormal heart rhythms, coronary artery disease, and imbalances in your blood.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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