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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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What Happens During Surgical Ablation?

If you have an irregular heartbeat caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may need surgery to make your heart rhythm normal again. This is called surgical ablation. It’s usually a treatment your doctor will try if other things like medications, cardioversion therapy, or catheter ablation have not worked. Most people who have AFib will not need surgical ablation.

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Other tests

Other tests your doctor may recommend include:

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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