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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.
The doctor may ask questions similar to the following:
During a physical exam, the doctor will:
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 lifestyle.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
Other Works ConsultedBlomström-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): 1871–1909.
Current as of: March 12, 2014
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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