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Asking questions about your medical history and doing a physical exam for atrial fibrillation can reveal important information about your health and will often direct more testing.
Your doctor may ask the following questions:
During the physical exam, your doctor will:
Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation, like lightheadedness, palpitations, and chest pain, can be caused by other health problems. A medical history and physical exam will help your doctor find out what is causing your symptoms.
You will need further tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), to diagnose atrial fibrillation.
Findings of the history and physical exam may include the following.
Findings that may suggest atrial fibrillation or heart failure include:
Further testing will be done if your history and physical exam suggest atrial fibrillation.
It is important to provide your doctor with detailed information about your past health and lifestyle.
Other health problems that can cause symptoms similar to atrial fibrillation include other abnormal heart rhythms, coronary artery disease, and imbalances in your blood.
Last Revised: December 14, 2012
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