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Atrial Fibrillation - Exams and Tests

An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) is the best and simplest way to find out whether you have atrial fibrillation. It is usually done along with a medical history and physical exam.

If your doctor suspects that you have atrial fibrillation that comes and goes, he or she may ask you to use a device to record your heart rhythm for a while. This is referred to by several names, including ambulatory electrocardiogram, ambulatory EKG, Holter monitoring, 24-hour EKG, and cardiac event monitoring. Your doctor might also use this device to check how well a medicine is working.

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Other tests

Other tests your doctor may recommend include:

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Last Updated: August 05, 2014
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