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How is arrhythmia diagnosed?

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In brief: Diagnosis of arrhythmia

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine you.
He or she may refer you to a cardiologist (a doctor who specialises in identifying and treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels).


Your doctor may do tests including:
• blood tests
• an electrocardiogram (ECG) – this records the electrical activity of your heart to see how well it’s working
• a 24-hour heart monitor (ambulatory ECG) – this records the electrical activity of your heart over 24 hours or longer
• an electrophysiological study – this determines if you have any extra electrical pathways in your heart that are causing an abnormal heart rhythm
• an echocardiogram – this uses ultrasound (sound waves) to look at your heart’s structure, valves and pumping action
• an exercise ECG – this can check for other problems with your heart and may trigger abnormal heart rhythms


Please note that availability and use of specific tests may vary from country to country.

In brief: Diagnosis of arrhythmia

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine you.
He or she may refer you to a cardiologist (a doctor who specialises in identifying and treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels).


Your doctor may do tests including:
• blood tests
• an electrocardiogram (ECG) – this records the electrical activity of your heart to see how well it’s working
• a 24-hour heart monitor (ambulatory ECG) – this records the electrical activity of your heart over 24 hours or longer
• an electrophysiological study – this determines if you have any extra electrical pathways in your heart that are causing an abnormal heart rhythm
• an echocardiogram – this uses ultrasound (sound waves) to look at your heart’s structure, valves and pumping action
• an exercise ECG – this can check for other problems with your heart and may trigger abnormal heart rhythms


Please note that availability and use of specific tests may vary from country to country.
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