October 24, 2014
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Atrial Fibrillation


Talking to my doctor

Atrial fibrillation (also known as AF or AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm). If not properly managed or treated, atrial fibrillation can have serious complications. Atrial fibrillation increases your risk for stroke, heart failure, and being hospitalized.

Unfortunately, not everyone with atrial fibrillation experiences symptoms. You may have it and not even know it because you feel fine. Some people are not diagnosed with atrial fibrillation until they are getting tests done for other conditions.

For this reason, it is important to see your doctor regularly for check-ups. If you have any risk factors for atrial fibrillation, it is important to address them as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you manage these risk factors. If your doctor does suspect you have atrial fibrillation, he will perform some tests to confirm the diagnosis.

If you do experience symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible to get tested and diagnosed.

There are many ways to effectively manage atrial fibrillation. Your doctor can discuss atrial fibrillation with you and address any concerns you may have. If you have questions about atrial fibrillation or want to know if you are at risk for atrial fibrillation, talk to your doctor.

You can also try our Atrial Fibrillation Risk Assessment tool to find out your risk of developing atrial fibrillation in the next 10 years.

Sometimes you may feel rushed at the doctor's office or forget to ask what's been on your mind. Be prepared for your visit. To help you get started on the discussion with your doctor, use the Doctor Discussion Guide.

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