Diagnosis of AFib
Diagnosis of AFib
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.
Common helpful tests to diagnose atrial fibrillation:
An electrocardiogram is a test that measures and charts the electrical activity of the heartbeat. The result provides a readout of the patterns, or rhythms, of the important phases of a heartbeat pattern.
An electrophysiology study is a catheter-based test that helps doctors understand the causes of your abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and more closely investigate possible treatments to help you.
There are several types of monitors that may help provide additional information to your healthcare provider. These can be helpful for arriving at an accurate diagnosis, and they may also be useful for evaluating the changes after a medication has been started or a procedure has been performed.
You may be asked to wear a Holter monitor to see if you have a slow, fast or irregular (uneven) heartbeat.
Although some (very few) people truly have what is called “lone AFib,” or atrial fibrillation that seems unrelated to any other existing problem, many people develop atrial fibrillation in response to another problem that is going on in or around the heart.
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