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What type of tests can diagnose paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

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You might have some of the following tests to diagnose paroxysmal atrial fibrillation:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), which records your heart's rate, rhythm, and electrical impulses
  • Echocardiogram, which uses sound waves to make a picture of your heart
  • X-rays to look for signs of related heart problems
  • Blood tests to look for signs of other illnesses that can cause fibrillation
  • Stress test, in which doctors check your heart's performance after exercise
  • A Holter monitor, which measures and records your heart's activity for a day or two

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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