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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