Tests for diagnosis 2, 13-15
An irregular heartbeat is just a symptom, so your doctor might order one or more of the following tests to confirm a diagnosis.
Also known as an ECG, this test is the primary tool used to diagnose AF. It uses small sensors (electrodes) that attach to your chest and arms, which record the electrical activity of your heart to see if it is beating normally.
This is a portable ECG device that you carry in your pocket or wear on your belt. It records your hearts activity for 24 hours or longer which may help to identify infrequent AF.
This is a portable ECG device that is intended to monitor your heart’s activity over a period of weeks to months. You activate it yourself if you experience the symptoms of a fast heart rate.
This is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to generate a video image of your heart. The video images will show you in real time the motions your heart goes through and may help to identify any heart valve defects.
These help your doctor to rule out thyroid problems or other substances that may lead to AF.
These will help your doctor to see the condition of your heart and lungs, and may help to rule out conditions other than AF that may be causing your symptoms. 7