What will the doctor need to know about my parent's atrial fibrillation?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If you are going with your parent to a doctor's visit to talk about their atrial fibrillation, it's important to know what your parent's doctor might ask. Here are some questions the doctor may ask:

  • When did your parent first experience symptoms of atrial fibrillation?    
  • What symptoms does your parent have now?   
  • Did your parent notice any triggers of the symptoms such as caffeine, alcohol, or emotional stress?   
  • Are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation ongoing or do they stop and come back? 
  • How severe are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation? 
  • Has your parent experienced chest pain, difficulty breathing, or palpitations (fluttering or pounding in the chest)?
  • Does anything help improve the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

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