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Atrial Fibrillation - When to Call a Doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you:

If you see someone pass out, call 911 or other emergency services immediately.

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Call your doctor if you have:

If you take a blood thinner

If you take blood-thinning medicine, such as an anticoagulant or aspirin, watch for signs of bleeding.

Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you:

  • You have a sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches. (It may be a sign of bleeding in the brain.)

Call your doctor right away if you have any unusual bleeding, such as:

Who to see

The following health professionals can detect, diagnose and, in some cases, treat atrial fibrillation:

The following specialists can treat people who have severe symptoms:

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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