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What happens during an exam for atrial fibrillation?

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First, the doctor will ask detailed questions about your symptoms, health habits, and health problems you or another family member have had. During the physical exam, the doctor is likely to:

  • Listen to your heartbeat's rate and rhythm
  • Take your pulse and blood pressure
  • Listen to your lungs
  • Check for signs of heart muscle or valve problems

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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