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Your Care

Your doctor will check your pulse and listen with a stethoscope for an
irregular heart beat. Your doctor may order tests such as:
• An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)—a record of your heart’s electrical
• Holter monitoring—a record of your heart rate for 24-48 hours
• Other tests to check for heart disease

Your treatment may include:
• Medicine to help regulate your heart rhythm and rate. You may also need
to take a blood thinner called an anticoagulant to reduce the risk of blood
clots and stroke.
• A cardioversion if medicine does not help. This is a low energy electrical
shock applied through the skin to the heart to convert an abnormal heart
rhythm to a normal rhythm. Sedation medicine is given before this is

People with atrial fib are at a higher risk for stroke or serious heart problems
if atrial fib is not controlled. It is very important to be under a doctor’s care.

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

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