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Would an echocardiogram detect an atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Marie Witte
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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