Talking to Your Doctor About Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances)
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
You have a unique health history. It’s essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors or experience with arrhythmias. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Arrhythmia
About Your Risk of Sudden Death
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
Last Updated: 1/3/2019
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