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Screening for A-Fib (Atrial Fibrillation)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about screening for atrial fibrillation (A-fib)?

Screening means you are checked for A-fib, even if you do not have signs or symptoms. Screening can find problems early so treatment can begin. Early treatment can save your life. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the benefits and risks of screening. Screening may be recommended starting at age 50. Your provider may recommend regular screenings if you stay at high risk for A-fib.

What do I need to know about A-fib?

A-fib is an irregular heartbeat. It reduces your heart's ability to pump blood through your body. A-fib may come and go, or it may be a long-term condition. A-fib can cause life-threatening blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. It is important to treat and manage a-fib to help prevent these problems.

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What increases my risk for A-fib?

What are the signs and symptoms of A-fib?

How is A-fib treated?

Your healthcare provider can give you more information about possible treatments for A-fib. Treatment may include any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Am I a good candidate for A-fib screening?

You are a good candidate if the following are true:

How is screening for A-fib done?

What are the risks of A-fib screening?

What should I ask my healthcare provider before I decide to have A-fib screening?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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