Questions for your Primary Care Physician:

  • 1. I have ____________symptoms. Could this be atrial fibrillation (AFib)?
  • 2. Do I need to take any diagnostic tests?
  • 3. Should I monitor my heart rate with a heart monitoring device?
  • 4. Am I at risk of stroke?
  • 5. When should I go to the emergency room?
  • 6. Do I need to make any lifestyle modifications?
  • 7. What are my treatment options?
  • 8. Should I see a specialist?

If you have been diagnosed with AFib:

  • 1. What is causing my AFib?
  • 2. What can I do to prevent my heart from going into AFib?
  • 3. What type of AFib do I have (e.g., paroxysmal, persistent, etc.)?
  • 4. Are there any activities I should avoid?
  • 5. Do I need to make any lifestyle modifications?
  • 6. What is my stroke risk?
  • 7. Am I at risk for any other medical conditions?

If physician recommends medications:

  • 1. What is the purpose of the medication?
  • 2. Why are you recommending this medication?
  • 3. What happens if I don’t take the medication?
  • 4. What should I do if I have side effects from the medication?
  • 5. What should I do if the medication doesn’t fulfill its purpose?
  • 6. Will medications cure my AFib?
  • 7. Can I take these medications with ________________________________________ (insert medication currently prescribed)?

If medications aren’t working:

  • 1. Are there any alternatives to medication?
  • 2. Am I a good candidate for a catheter ablation procedure?
  • 3. Can you refer me to an electrophysiologist?

Questions for an electrophysiologist:

  • 1. Am I a good candidate for a catheter ablation procedure?
  • 2. How many catheter ablation procedures have you performed?
  • 3. What is the recovery time of the catheter ablation procedure?
  • 4. Will you utilize a Foley (urinary) catheter during the catheter ablation procedure?
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