Medical History and Physical Exam for a Fast Heart Rate
A medical history and physical exam are
routinely used to evaluate an illness or disease. A medical history and
physical exam can often reveal as much or more than many diagnostic lab tests
because they help uncover important clues about your illness. The medical
history and physical exam will often direct further testing.
doctor may ask questions similar to the following:
Maybe you walk less than you used to because of "muscle aches" in your legs. Or you've had a sore on your foot that seemed to take forever to heal. Perhaps you've also heard you have "poor circulation."
These are the sneaky symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affect 8 million Americans. Peripheral artery disease narrows arteries in the legs, limiting blood flow to your muscles. It can take you by surprise, causing no symptoms at all -- or symptoms you may think are something else...
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
August 9, 2012
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August 09, 2012
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