Preparing for a Doctor’s Visit with Afib & At Home Monitoring

Like most conditions, the sooner they are found, the easier they are to treat. Atrial Fibrillation is no different. If you believe you might have Afib, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. However, before you go, there are some items to keep in mind:

Pre-Visit Prep:

After a visit is scheduled, it’s important to think about your symptoms and health history. Write these down so it’s easy and quick to recall the information to your doctor. It is also helpful to ask if the doctor requires any certain steps before the appointment, such as documents to bring along, or medicines to hold off on taking and so on.

Prepare Questions:

Since doctor visits are usually brief, you might want to jot down some questions that you have before the appointment. More questions might arise during the appointment, but it’s good to have a list so you won’t forget something that was on your mind a few days before the appointment. This article contains several questions that are useful to ask of your doctor to get prepared for the appointment.

Ask About At Home Monitoring:

One option that is becoming increasingly popular now is at home health monitoring in which the patient uses a device to monitor their health and any symptoms they may have, and the device records this information so it can be shared with a physician. These devices are very useful because it can give physicians much more accurate information about the patient’s health. If you’re interested in asking about one of these devices, there are several in the market and your doctor can help you find the right one for you. Most devices require a prescription, so be sure to discuss this option with your care provider in order to be able to get one. This article contains more information for aiding in the decision to use at home monitoring devices and if it’s right for both you and your physician.

Bottom line: If you believe you have Atrial Fibrillations, or similar symptoms, see your doctor right away. The best way to treat Afib is to get appropriate treatment and be comfortable with knowing the ins and outs of the condition so you’re able to make smart decisions in caring for yourself.

A 23 year-old midwesterner living in sunny Southwest Florida.

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