These talking points will help you remember important information related to your heart palpitations 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 what is causing my heart palpitations?
- 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 heart palpitations?
- Should I be concerned about my heart palpitations?
- 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?
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