These talking points will help you remember important information related to your symptoms to share with your healthcare team.
Remember to Share…
- A description of your symptoms (if applicable).
- The number of episodes you’ve had in the past 2 years.
- What you were doing before you had symptoms.
- Any concerns you have (e.g., safety, your job, driving).
- Any treatments you are receiving for your heart.
- If your family has a history of heart conditions.
- How your symptoms are affecting your home and work life.
Remember to Ask…
- How will you determine if I have a heart condition?
- What tests will you perform?
- Would long-term monitoring with an insertable cardiac monitor lead to a faster diagnosis?
- What should I do when I experience symptoms?
- Should I be concerned about my symptoms?
- Will I need treatment? If so, what kind of treatment? What other alternatives are there?
- Do I need to restrict any activities?
- Is it safe for me to exercise and go about my other daily activities?
- Should I see a specialist?
- American Heart Association.
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/AboutArrhythmia/What-are-the-Symptoms-of-Atrial-Fibrillation-AFib-or-AF_UCM_423777_Article.jsp. Accessed November 2013.