Engaging with Healthcare Providers

Engaging with Healthcare Providers


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.

Work With Your Healthcare Team


Improving Your Partnership

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.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor


Discover some good questions to ask your doctor about options for your AFib treatment. You’ll also learn what you can do to be fully prepared for your visit.

Partnering with the Surgeon or Electrophysiologist


If you are considering AFib procedures, here are some questions to ask the doctor about having a procedure.

Recent Discussions From The Providers Office Forum
Marcolandin avatar

Does anyone know a great doctor for afib in Houston, everyone tells me to go to st. Luke’s hospital but I would like something more specific. I had an ablation last year and I still go into afib everyday. I even was placed on more meds. I’m 34 and I know there is no “cure” but going into afib everyday keeps me from working out and enjoying trips with friends and family. Thank you for the help

Geronimo avatar

I've had Afib for over a year and during that time have had an ablation and 10+ Cardioversions. I went back into AFib 3 weeks ago and couldn't be cardioverted out this time so question on the table is if I should go back for the 2nd Ablation. I'm wondering if I should just live with the symptoms or go for the 2nd ablation. The past year hasn't been fun living in constant fear of when/if I will go back into Afib, looking out for possible triggers (no canfine, no alchohol, limited excercise, etc.)  not to mention I hate being Cardioverted every 40-90 days. It seems like I might be better off just accepting my persistent Afib with the associated sysmptoms and living my life as is. Has anyone else gone through this thought process? Any idea of what the long term impact is if I take this course of action?

Deb M avatar

I am going into the hospital next Wednesday for "tikosyn load". My doctor's office is not very forthcoming with information. Can anyone tell me what to expect? How is the load done and monitored? Is the load constant through IV or only at particular times? Do you have to actually lay in a bed for 3 days or can you get up and move around? Can you shower? What should you take to the hospital with you? Were you able to have visitors? How long before you can resume normal activies when you return home? Has being on this medication changed your life style?I would appreciate any advice anyone has. Thank you.

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