Talking to your doctor
While it’s easy to pretend that Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) doesn’t exist, taking a positive and proactive role in managing your health will make you feel less like a victim of a medical condition, and more like an empowered individual. The first step is by working in partnership with your doctor and by following your doctor’s advice.
As well as deciding upon the best plan for managing your AFib, your doctor will be able to help with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your condition and any implications it will have on your lifestyle. It’s likely that a primary care doctor will be the first person to diagnose and monitor your AFib. However, you may subsequently be referred to a heart specialist or cardiologist.
Seeing your doctor on a regular basis is extremely important to living and maintaining a healthy life with AFib. Try bringing a family member along to meet your doctor and have their questions answered as well. Find out more here.
Cardiologists who specialize in heart rhythm disorders are referred to as electrophysiologists (EPs). These doctors may offer surgical treatments or ablation procedures for AFib.