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 FAQs Coping with A-Fib: Diagnosis

FAQs A-Fib afib11. “How can I tell when I’m in A-Fib or just having something like indigestion?”

Without medical help you may not be able to tell the difference. (It’s been reported that indigestion is sometimes a side effect of an A-Fib attack.) Only a doctor can determine if you have A-Fib.

To verify if you have A-Fib, a doctor will use an ECG test or have you wear a monitoring system such as a Holter or an event monitor. To read more about these monitors, see my report: A Primer: Ambulatory Heart Rhythm Monitors.

If you want to monitor yourself (which may not necessarily be a good idea), you can start by taking your own pulse.

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VIDEO: “Know Your Pulse” Awareness Campaign A short video on why and how to take your pulse. From the Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) and The Heart Rhythm Charity in the UK. (Our British friend Trudie Lobban is Founder and Trustee.) (1:56 min)

Or you can use an over-the-counter DIY heart monitoring device such as those used by runners and other athletes

Consumer Heart Rate Monitors by Polar

Consumer Heart Rate Monitors by Polar

It’s worn around your chest and transmits a signal to a wristwatch that beeps when your pulse goes too high. You can check the digital display on the watch to see how fast your pulse is. For an in-depth review of DIY/sports monitors, see my report: Consumer (DIY) Heart Rate Monitors and my Shopping Guide to DiY Monitors.

Warning: any over-the-counter device is no substitute for monitoring and treatment by a doctor. You should not use over-the-counter devices to diagnose yourself.

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