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.
You will be most likely to get a satisfying outcome when you are able to clearly understand your treatment goals and your healthcare provider can get clarity on your day-to-day experience with your AFib.
Here are some ways AFib patients can improve communication and partnership with doctors and their healthcare team. Most doctors respect a patient’s investment in learning more about his or her condition, and many physicians will be naturally inclined to help educate patients who are receptive and engaged. Learn how you can communicate your willingness to be a partner in reaching your treatment goals.