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Heart Rhythm Problems: Diary of Symptoms - Topic Overview

If your doctor thinks you might have a heart rhythm problem, he or she may ask you to keep a diary of symptoms. This information can help your doctor find out what type of rhythm problem you have.

And if you have a rhythm problem, a symptom diary can help you keep track of your condition. You can then discuss your symptoms with your doctor at your next appointment.

In your diary, include the following:

  • How fast or slow was your heart beating? Be aware that if your heart is beating very fast, you may not be able to accurately determine your heart rate.
  • Was your heart rhythm regular or irregular?
  • What symptoms did you have?
  • What time of day did your symptoms occur?
  • How long did your symptoms last?
  • What were you doing when your symptoms started (such as drinking alcohol or smoking)?
  • What may have helped your symptoms go away?

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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