Diagnosis

If you are experiencing the symptoms of A-fib, you need to see a physician immediately.

Your physician will most likely diagnose the condition through a combination of checking your pulse and recording an electrocardiogram (ECG). If your pulse is irregular and faster than 100 beats per minute, the physician may suspect A-fib. The diagnosis will be confirmed with the ECG, which is a simple, painless test to record the heart’s electrical activity through electrodes attached temporarily to your chest, arms, and legs. The ECG test is usually performed in the doctor’s office, although some patients are asked to wear a small portable device to record a series of ECGs over a period of 24-48 hours.

For more information, please call 317-338-AFIB. And learn how you can guard against A-fib by taking your pulse regularly at TakeYourPulse.org.