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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with atrial fibrillation?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Atrial Fibrillation? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Atrial Fibrillation

Top 10 Questions about Atrial Fibrillation

  1. What is atrial fibrillation and what caused it in me?
  2. How will atrial fibrillation affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of stroke and heart failure?
  3. What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?
  4. What are my treatment options for atrial fibrillation?
  5. When is cardioversion (resetting the heart rate) indicated to treat atrial fibrillation and will I still need to take medications?
  6. When is surgery or a catheter procedure indicated to treat atrial fibrillation and what are the options?
  7. What are my dietary, physical activity, and lifestyle restrictions with atrial fibrillation?
  8. What medications can treat atrial fibrillation and how long do they take to start working?
  9. What medications can prevent complications from atrial fibrillation, including stroke and heart failure?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for atrial fibrillation?
  1. What is atrial fibrillation and what caused it in me?
  2. Are there different types of atrial fibrillation and what type do I have?
  3. Is atrial fibrillation curable or controllable?
  4. How will atrial fibrillation affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of stroke and heart failure?
  5. How can I lower my risk of developing complications from atrial fibrillation, including stroke and heart failure?
  6. How does atrial fibrillation affect my other medical conditions?
  7. What types of healthcare providers, such as a cardiologist or electrophysiologist, do I need to see and how often do I need to see them?
  8. Will my atrial fibrillation get worse over time?
  9. How will I know if my atrial fibrillation is getting worse?
  10. What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?
  11. Could another medical condition be causing my symptoms?
  12. How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need?
  13. Can my primary care doctor diagnose atrial fibrillation or will I need to see a specialist, such as a cardiologist?
  14. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  15. Does atrial fibrillation get worse over time?
  16. How does atrial fibrillation affect your life and long-term health?
  17. What are my treatment options for atrial fibrillation?
  18. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my atrial fibrillation?
  19. When is cardioversion (resetting the heart rate) indicated to treat atrial fibrillation and will I still need to take medications?
  20. What are the risks of cardioversion and recurrence rate for atrial fibrillation after cardioversion?
  21. If my heart goes out of rhythm again, can I have another cardioversion? How many times can I have a cardioversion?
  22. When is surgery or a catheter procedure indicated to treat atrial fibrillation and what are the options?
  23. Will I need medications or a pacemaker after surgery or a catheter procedure?
  24. What are my dietary, physical activity, and lifestyle restrictions with atrial fibrillation?
  25. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  26. What medications can treat atrial fibrillation and how long do they take to start working?
  27. What medications can prevent complications from atrial fibrillation, including stroke and heart failure?
  28. What kind of monitoring, such as blood tests, do these medications require?
  29. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  30. How long will I need to use medication for atrial fibrillation?
  31. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for atrial fibrillation?

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Top 10 Questions about Atrial Fibrillation

  1. What is atrial fibrillation and what caused it in me?
  2. How will atrial fibrillation affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of stroke and heart failure?
  3. What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?
  4. What are my treatment options for atrial fibrillation?
  5. When is cardioversion (resetting the heart rate) indicated to treat atrial fibrillation and will I still need to take medications?
  6. When is surgery or a catheter procedure indicated to treat atrial fibrillation and what are the options?
  7. What are my dietary, physical activity, and lifestyle restrictions with atrial fibrillation?
  8. What medications can treat atrial fibrillation and how long do they take to start working?
  9. What medications can prevent complications from atrial fibrillation, including stroke and heart failure?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for atrial fibrillation?

Medical Reviewer: Pat Bass III, MD, MPH. Last Annual Review Date: Aug 29, 2012 Copyright: © Copyright 2013 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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