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would an echocardiogram detect an atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Marie Witte
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Although an echocardiogram can detect atrial fibrillation, there are easier ways to diagnose it. Your doctor should be able to tell if your pulse is irregular and confirm afib with a simple ekg. Atrial fibrillation sometimes makes interpretation of an echocardiogram more difficult if the heart rate is too fast.
Answered on Sep 4, 2019
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience Cardiology
No: No, not unless you happened to be in af at the time of the echo. It can detect signs that a heart is prone to atrial fibrillation, like enlarged atria.
Answered on Jul 11, 2013
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