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What types of doctors diagnose and treat atrial fibrillation?
Your “regular” (primary care) doctor may diagnose and treat your atrial fibrillation. When needed—for example, to confirm the diagnosis or request a special medical procedure—he or she may refer you to a specialist.
Specialists in the care of atrial fibrillation include:
- A cardiologist (who is also trained as an internist), specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the heart, blood vessels, and circulation in adults
- A pediatric cardiologist (if the patient is a child), specializing in the care of children and infants with heart diseases or disorders
- A cardiothoracic (also called thoracic) surgeon, specializing in surgery on the heart and “great vessels” (the blood vessels entering and leaving the heart)
- An electrophysiologist or pediatric electrophysiologist (if the patient is a child), a certain kind of cardiologist specializing in managing arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and performing and interpreting noninvasive diagnostic procedures such as electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) tests