Patients’ Best Advice #2: Dump Your Doctor?
Top 10 List #2
‘Don’t be afraid to fire your doctor’.
THE A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE
From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure:
Sheri Weber, from Boyce, VA, shared this advice about finding the right doctor for your treatment goals:
“I wish I had realized that the first doctor you see is not necessarily the right one for you. I fooled around way too long, believing what my cardio doctor said. I should have been thinking outside the box.
Run―don’t walk―to the best specialist you can find in your area.” (pp. 106-109)
Michele Straube, Salt Lake City, UT, chimed in with similar advice about changing doctors. She wrote:
“My experiences with cardiologists were hit and miss.
Early on I was told that they had never seen someone so young with A-Fib (at the time, I was in my mid 20s), and some told me the best they could do was medicate me so I could walk from the bed to the window and back. …I changed doctors.” (pp. 88-91)
How to Find the Best Doctor for You
To be cured of your A-Fib, you may need to ‘fire’ your current doctor. Seek a heart rhythm specialist, an electrophysiologist (EP), who will partner with you to create a treatment plan—a path to finding your cure or best outcome. To make this happen, see Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib.
The first doctor you see is not necessarily
the right one for you.
‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)
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Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice
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