Working With Your Healthcare Provider

If you suspect that you have AFib, or have been diagnosed with it, you may feel concerned or even fearful about what that will mean. The more knowledge you have about the condition and how it is treated, the better prepared you will be to work in partnership with your healthcare team to find the best solution for you. Many people diagnosed with AFib live long, full and active lives. Although AFib can be stressful for anyone whose symptoms continually or periodically flare up, you may also find that once you learn to manage your condition, you regain a sense of normalcy in your life. With the right treatment, many people are able to relieve symptoms.

On the pages below, you'll find tips and insight about:

  • How to effectively communicate and partner with healthcare providers
  • How AFib is typically diagnosed
  • Recommended tests to determine appropriate procedures
  • Common medications and procedures for treating AFib

Investing in clear communication with your healthcare provider is one of the most valuable things you can do to help you lower your risks and find a workable treatment that meets your needs.

Your AFib Healthcare Provider: Taking a Partnership Approach

Engaging with your healthcare providers involves good listening skills and asking questions any time your understanding is not clear.  Read insight from both patients and healthcare providers.

Diagnosing AFib

There are several tests that can be used to diagnose whether you have AFib, as well as to assess the effects any other related condition may have on your AFib treatment options. Learn more about diagnostic testing options.

Treating AFib with Medications

Medications may be prescribed for AFib patients to control the heart’s rate or rhythm and also to lower risks for blood clots that can lead to a stroke. Find out more about treatment goals that may be achieved by taking a medication.

Treating AFib with Procedures

Select AFib treatments have high success rates, and may keep AFib from returning.  Learn more about treatment options.


Recent Discussions

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    Survivor65, I'm glad you got a new EP.  Whether or not ablations work depends on several factors, including the experience of the EP (I hope yours has done hundreds of successful ablations).  It also seems to depend on how long you've bee...
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