After you make an appointment for atrial fibrillation treatment, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one:

  • Write down a list of symptoms—including any that seem unrelated to your heart—and when they tend to occur.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you're taking. Include the dosage for each.
  • Write down key personal information, including past illnesses or surgeries, diet and exercise habits, the type of work that you do and any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Before going to a cardiologist, obtain a copy of your medical records and bring them to the appointment or ask your primary care doctor to forward a copy to the cardiologist.
  • If possible, have a family member or close friend go with you to the appointment to help you remember everything you and the doctor discuss.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Atrial Fibrillation

After you receive an atrial fibrillation diagnosis, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. Review this list of common concerns about the condition before your appointment, or print it out to take with you.

Questions About My Diagnosis

  • What is atrial fibrillation?
  • What causes atrial fibrillation?
  • Will my condition get worse?
  • Does atrial fibrillation ever go away on its own?
  • Can people die from atrial fibrillation?

Questions About My Treatment

  • Will I need to see a specialist for treatment? Will insurance pay for this?
  • What type of medication is used to treat atrial fibrillation? Are there side effects or risks?
  • Will I have to take medication for the rest of my life?
  • Will other medications I take interact with my atrial fibrillation medication?
  • Are there any surgeries to stop atrial fibrillation?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • Is it safe for me to exercise? If so, what types of exercise can I do?
  • Are there certain jobs or activities that I cannot do because of my condition?
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • What kinds of changes should I make in my diet?
  • Will my children inherit atrial fibrillation from me?