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A medical history and physical exam are
routinely used to evaluate an illness or disease. A medical history and
physical exam can often reveal as much or more than many diagnostic lab tests
because they help uncover important clues about your illness. The medical
history and physical exam will often direct further testing.
doctor may ask questions similar to the following:
During a physical exam, the doctor
A medical history and physical exam
are important ways to evaluate any heart problem.
Normal findings include the following:
Abnormal findings that may suggest a problem from a fast
heart rate include:
If physical findings and your medical history strongly
suggest a very irregular heartbeat, further testing will be done.
It is important to provide your
doctor with detailed information about your symptoms, past medical history, and
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
Other Works Consulted
Blomström-Lunqvist C, et al. (2003). ACC/AHA/ESC
guidelines for the management of patients with supraventricular
arrhythmias—Executive summary: A report of the ACC/AHA/ESC Committee for
Practice Guidelines. Circulation, 108(15):
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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