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How is a stress test used to diagnose atrial fibrillation?

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A stress test is a test that puts extra stress on your heart to see how it responds to working hard and beating fast. You'll be hooked up to an electrocardiogram during the test, and the technician will watch your heart rate and blood pressure, too. Exercise is an easy way to get your heart pumping. You might ride a stationary bicycle or walk or run on a treadmill. That's why this is sometimes called a treadmill test. If your body can't handle intense activity, you can take a special medicine that makes your heart work harder instead.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed?"

American Heart Association: "Common Tests for Arrhythmia."

Northwestern Memorial Hospital: "Atrial Fibrillation Express Test."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

Medscape: "Atrial Fibrillation Workup: Lab Studies."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "How is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed?"

American Heart Association: "Common Tests for Arrhythmia."

Northwestern Memorial Hospital: "Atrial Fibrillation Express Test."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

Medscape: "Atrial Fibrillation Workup: Lab Studies."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

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