What to Expect at Your Doctor’s Office
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.
One of your most important relationships is with your doctor and your healthcare team. A good relationship involves listening as well as asking the right questions, and asking again if you don’t get the answers you need. You should look for a provider who is not only well-qualified to treat your AFib, but also someone with whom you feel you can build a cooperative partnership.
What Is Involved in Getting A Diagnosis of AFib? If you or your doctor suspect that you have atrial fibrillation, there are several helpful tests that can be used to diagnose whether you have AFib. In addition, other heart-related tests may be ordered to provide a complete picture of any other possible problems that may either contribute to AFib or be causing some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. These tests can help reveal any underlying heart disease or structural issues such as enlargement of the atria or heart valve malfunction. These are especially important when you are scheduled to undergo a procedure for atrial fibrillation.
Understanding Your Medication Medications are often prescribed to reduce risks for blood clots that can lead to stroke. Additional drugs may be prescribed to control heart rate and rhythm in the AFibpatient. These medications may also be used in conjunction with other treatments. You can benefit from learning what to expect from the medications that are prescribed for you.
Is AFib Curable? Which Treatments Are Most Effective? We don’t usually say AFib is “curable” but we do know that there are treatable causes and options for decreasing the burden from AFib that can –but may not always– keep the AFib from returning.