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What tests can be used to diagnose premature atrial contractions (PAC)?

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Electrocardiogram, or EKG . This test will show if you have arrhythmia.

Holter monitor. This is a portable version of an EKG that you’ll wear for 1 or 2 days. It tracks all the electric activity of your heart for your doctor to study.

Exercise stress test. You do physical activity like running or walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while you have an EKG.

Echocardiogram. This test uses sound waves to measure how well your heart valves and muscles work.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Premature Contractions -- PACs and PVCs."

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute: "Types of Arrhythmia."

University of Wisconsin Hospital: "Premature Ventricular Contractions, PVCs; Premature Atrial Contractions, PACs."

Allina Health System: "Premature Atrial Contractions."

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Premature Heartbeats."

Merck Manual: “Atrial Premature Beats.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Premature Contractions -- PACs and PVCs."

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute: "Types of Arrhythmia."

University of Wisconsin Hospital: "Premature Ventricular Contractions, PVCs; Premature Atrial Contractions, PACs."

Allina Health System: "Premature Atrial Contractions."

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: "Premature Heartbeats."

Merck Manual: “Atrial Premature Beats.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 17, 2018

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